07-14-2011, 10:21 AM
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I would also double check that your girth is clean. Most people don't, and they can get stiff, crunchy or start to rub when they become dirty or sweat logged. Fleece girths are really really bad for this, they can have little dirt clumps or just clump up and get lumpy from sweat. One little mud clump the size of a pea or even smaller is enough to send any horse running from a cinch. You have to remember that with the cinch being so tight, any little thing will just dig into your horses skin.
Also, make sure you are slowly tightening her up. Some horses are really sensitive to someone yanking the cinch tight suddenly. With both my western and dressage saddles I always put it on and have the girth/cinch just tight enough to touch Cin's tummy and hold it in place if he moves in the cross ties. Then I get my helmet and other gear together, bridle him, then go back and tighten a bit more. Then we walk to the mounting block and I do the final tighten. He used to be really girthy too but now he always stands still or turns his head as if to say "be careful back there."
And last, make sure the cinch is even...meaning there is the same amount on both sides of the horse. If the part that is supposed to be under the center of the belly is on her side, that isn't too comfortable either. Imagine having to run a marathon with your bra twisted so that you have a cup in the middle of you chest and on your side instead of where they go....