Horse HATES having the cinch tightened.

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Horse HATES having the cinch tightened.

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    06-12-2012, 09:52 PM
Horse HATES having the cinch tightened.

How do I get my horse not to try to bite me and back up and try to rear-up while I thighten her cinch. How do I stop this from happening?
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    06-12-2012, 10:04 PM
Have your horse been checked over by a vet for any medical problems?

What breed of horse do you have? Age? How long has this been going on? Is it a new activity that she has been doing or has she always done this?

Many "cinchy" horses actually have some sort of problem going on. Probably the most common being gastric ulcers and pain.

I'd have her checked out by a vet. Rule out any medical issues first, and then move onto behavioral issues if if vet cannot find anything.

Your horse is trying to tell you something...It's your job to listen.
    06-12-2012, 10:06 PM
Well she could have a number of problems. Under the pain category... It could be:
-ill fitting saddle (expecting pain)
-her back could be out of alignment
-you could be tightening it too much to fast

Or it could be:
-she could have used to have to previous problems with an old owner, and it turned into a habit.

Some questions?

1.How long have you had her?
2. Has she always done this?
3.How does she do once saddled and being ridden? 4.What is her diet like, as in pasture, grain?

Just give more general information on her.
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    06-12-2012, 10:06 PM
You need to find out the cause - alot of horses will react with "violence" when they anticipate pain or have a fear of it. Does your mare have back pain? Does her tack fit her properly? Do her ears go back when she sees the saddle? Could the cinch be putting pressure on sore spots along her belly?
    06-15-2012, 05:33 PM
Well if you can rule out pain, then this is classic spoiled horse behavior. All horses that have ever worn a saddle know that the saddle means work, if they can keep the saddle off they don't have to work. Solution? Make not taking the cinch more work. Have the horse in a round pen or on a lunge line, do what ever you need to to get the cinch on and tied (not tightened but tied so it will stay on). Slowly begin to tighten it, the first time the horse turns to nip or steps away send it for a couple of laps then bring it back and start again. Tighten it more, more bad behavior, more laps... I've done circles with Nate till I was sick (just the other night mind you) and after about 20 laps of the round pen he decided being saddled was less work.. If I don't have him on a long lead or in the pen, I just grab the reins or the lead rope and chase his hips in circles till I'm stumbling dizzy..

Then do your best to make being ridden WAY more fun than being driven from the ground...
    06-15-2012, 05:38 PM
If nothing is wrong pain wise and such... it could be that anyone who has been cinching your horse lately has been doing it too rough, making them girthy and rude during the cinching process.
    06-15-2012, 06:12 PM
Can you tell us more about how you put the saddle on, and how you cinch it up? Where does the saddle sit?

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