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why is she being girthy and how can I stop it?

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        01-14-2009, 12:35 PM
      #31
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
    Oh that is simply wonderful Jubliee!
    I'm so over the moon it worked for you... it's really amazing how such a "small" thing can be overlooked as we see our horses as creatures who move all the time and despite their massive network of muscles, a lot of us forget to think of them! It's not a bad thing, it's just getting into the habit of remembering!
    Oh I'm so happy right now!
    I hope it works on Sandie too hoofprints... I really reconmend doing it to any horse, even if it doesn't show signs of being "cold"
    x
    Ohmyitschell, what a novel idea! I've read numerous "remedies" for girthy horse's, but your suggestion is a first. It makes total sense.

    Are you doing circles on the back or a back and forth motion?
         
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        01-14-2009, 02:07 PM
      #32
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    Originally Posted by moomoo    
    I tried the smack, quit being girthy approach... didn't work Misty isn't the kind of pony to use violence with I tried the rubby thing and it worked a bit I don't think I did it for long enough and moo chomps on the bit more than tries to bite you i'm not sure wether she is just warming it up because she does it before I put the saddle on
    Yeah the smack doesn't work for me either. Keep rubbing until her coat is warm to the touch. Couple this with walking and getting her muscles moving and it will work wonders!

         
        01-14-2009, 02:08 PM
      #33
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    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    Ohmyitschell, what a novel idea! I've read numerous "remedies" for girthy horse's, but your suggestion is a first. It makes total sense.

    Are you doing circles on the back or a back and forth motion?
    It works wonders! You could do both or one or the other. Since my horse has such long winter fur, I have to dig my fingers in deep to reach her skin. Be firm but also gentle.
         
        01-14-2009, 04:02 PM
      #34
    Foal
    HI,

    I have 2 thoughts - I do equine therapy for a living and it is common for horses to be "touchier" in the winter due to their muscles being colder. They tend to be a little more tense which will cause any restrictions or soreness they have to be worse in the winter months.

    Try checking her over in more areas than just her back.

    I have a section on my website that tells you how to do a thorough evaluation of a horse for restrictions, compensation patterns, etc.

    Learn How to Perform a Thorough Equine Evaluation

    You could try doing some of these tests and see if you can find anything.

    My other thought is - my younger horse started doing some of this and we think he might have an ulcer. I tried moving him to a new farm and he flipped out, so we had to move him back "home". Ever since he has been acting "funny", the vet thinks he might have one, and the treatment for ulcers seems to help him. I have not had him scoped though.

    Anyway, I guess the tightening of the girth bothers them because it pushes on their stomach. Just a thought. I am not currently riding him, so I don't have much more to say about this.
         
        01-14-2009, 09:53 PM
      #35
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    Ohmyitschell, what a novel idea! I've read numerous "remedies" for girthy horse's, but your suggestion is a first. It makes total sense.

    Are you doing circles on the back or a back and forth motion?
    You make a fist of your hand... and run it sideways along the back... ie.. start at the end of the wither, and in one sweep head towards the loins, ending where your saddle is about to sit... be firm but not harsh... you should be able to feel as you run your fist along... and then go back on yourself... don't go too slow (or rush it)... people sometimes take forever with muscles, they think a good massage is slow and firm... sometimes the quicker you are, the less you stress the muscle out. It stimulates the muscle at the same as massage it (that's my philosophy that I used with grooming also). Do it until your hand feels like it'll burn if you do it anymore from the friction... then run in the same manner from the wither down where the girth would sit. Switch sides, saddle your horse up and if you really need to, warm the muscles up by going for a brisk walk before you hop on.
    I can't stress it enough that this really works!
    I think I ought to go make a video for youtube this weekend :P
    Good luck!
    x
         
        01-16-2009, 02:42 PM
      #36
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
    I think I ought to go make a video for youtube this weekend :P
    Good luck!
    x
    Would you? That would be great!!!
         
        01-16-2009, 08:21 PM
      #37
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    Would you? That would be great!!!
    We're making the video tomorrow and editing it tomorrow night... it'll be a bit fuzzy though, we're just going to use our digital cameras haha.
    x
         
        01-18-2009, 01:31 AM
      #38
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
    We're making the video tomorrow and editing it tomorrow night... it'll be a bit fuzzy though, we're just going to use our digital cameras haha.
    x

    The video has now been postponed until the weathers better - thunder and lightning and a nice big storm today!
    x
         
        01-19-2009, 07:25 AM
      #39
    Yearling
    Video is done! Here's the link.
         

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