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post #11 of 23 Old 08-26-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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You don't have a wonderful horse, though. You have a pushy one that is likely confused because sometimes she is reprimanded, and other times she is not.
Lots of horses dont like thier girth
Its mostly the ex racehorses
Even the most kindest horse of the entire stable doesnt really like it he only tries to bite as a warning after that we wait until he calms a bit
My horse only nips she would never bite me and my trainer
I just thought that maybe her old trainer was very mean to her thats probily why she does those things
She has a scar on her leg cause he left her tied up somewhere for the night
And she got the rope around her leg
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My horse was very girthy when I got him- he'd try to bite, kick, and squirm around. From what I can tell, he got that way because the person I bought him from would cinch up his saddles very quickly, and he only had him for about 7 months! It took a lot of time, but he is now mostly over it. I made sure to tighten the girth very slowly, one hole at a time, alternating sides, and giving him a small treat each time he stood quietly. He'd also get an elbow in the mouth if he tried biting, or a smack with a whip if he tried kicking. (And, of course, no treat if he got at all grabby.)

I did also discuss with my vet if he might have ulcers, and tried a couple supplements to see if there was any difference, but he didn't show any improvement on any of the supplements.

I heard several different theories about girthiness while I was going through it. My saddle fitter (who's also a vet and acupuncturist) said she thought it was because of heel pain- something about the meridian (?) running from the hoof up along the girth line and up the neck. When she examined him, he was sensitive both on the girth line, and at a point on the neck near the poll. She put a needle in the 'ting' point of each foot and he stopped being girthy while they were in , so there very well be some truth to that. My horse came with pretty poorly done hooves and was a little sensitive when tested with a hoof tester. His feet are better now, even though they still have a little ways to go before I'm happy with them.

The other theory I heard was that horses that are girthy don't lead well. This was from a natural horsemanship trainer who I respect. This is another possibility- my horse is a bit lazy and sometimes I felt like I was constantly tugging on him to follow faster. He's better about this now, but is still a little slow about it sometimes.
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My trainer usually does it and if she bites she does get a slap
The reason i have a wonderful horse is not only to ride but to take care of it tack and un tack
Thats why i want to get her to stop so i dont have to go nagging my trainer all the time
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does not seem like my dream horse

My dream horse I would be able to catch, groom, tack up and ride with no issues
at all

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you are living in a dream world to me

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With a girthy horse I always keep my elbow up, if the horse turns round to bite they will run into it. Biting for any reason should never be tolerated, the behavior must be corrected everytime (before it happens or no more than 3 seconds after)

However the main cause of my mares being girthy was a strained serratus muscle (the girth runs over it). Once that was sorted the most she will do it swish her tail

The other things to check from my personal expertise is the girth itself, my mare hates English style buckle, string girths, anything covered in sheepskin or narrow. Wide neoprene girth works best for my fussy girl
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does not seem like my dream horse

My dream horse I would be able to catch, groom, tack up and ride with no issues
at all
Candy is very calm and good when i catch and groom her
She would keep still when i put the bridle on
I would put the saddle on then put the girth up very loose and then my trainer would tighten it
A friend of mine has a horse who is 10x worse at the girth than Candy
Even if u dont agree with me Candy is my dream horse
Unlike most horses at my stable
She has a spirit
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you are living in a dream world to me
Your wrong
Im living in a horse world!
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My horse was very girthy when I got him- he'd try to bite, kick, and squirm around. From what I can tell, he got that way because the person I bought him from would cinch up his saddles very quickly, and he only had him for about 7 months! It took a lot of time, but he is now mostly over it. I made sure to tighten the girth very slowly, one hole at a time, alternating sides, and giving him a small treat each time he stood quietly. He'd also get an elbow in the mouth if he tried biting, or a smack with a whip if he tried kicking. (And, of course, no treat if he got at all grabby.)

I did also discuss with my vet if he might have ulcers, and tried a couple supplements to see if there was any difference, but he didn't show any improvement on any of the supplements.

I heard several different theories about girthiness while I was going through it. My saddle fitter (who's also a vet and acupuncturist) said she thought it was because of heel pain- something about the meridian (?) running from the hoof up along the girth line and up the neck. When she examined him, he was sensitive both on the girth line, and at a point on the neck near the poll. She put a needle in the 'ting' point of each foot and he stopped being girthy while they were in , so there very well be some truth to that. My horse came with pretty poorly done hooves and was a little sensitive when tested with a hoof tester. His feet are better now, even though they still have a little ways to go before I'm happy with them.

The other theory I heard was that horses that are girthy don't lead well. This was from a natural horsemanship trainer who I respect. This is another possibility- my horse is a bit lazy and sometimes I felt like I was constantly tugging on him to follow faster. He's better about this now, but is still a little slow about it sometimes.
Thank you when Candy came she was really fast walking felt like trotting and when she trotted 1 small nudge and she would canter!
She dosent have ulcers
Maybe her old owner did the same
Theres no proof for this but i think its true
At Candys old stable down the road was a stallion who always came and knocking up the mares including Candy
Candys old owner got annoyed cause there r foals everywhere so he took his truck and ran over the horse and kept driving the poor horse broke all his legs and was left there to die😭
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Your wrong
Im living in a horse world!
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no this is not reality no horse is perfect

you should be able to saddle her up with no help
and tighten it yourself

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Have you asked your trainer to show you how they tighten up the girth?
If the horse is OK for them then maybe it is your technique that's wrong.
A lot of horses that react like this to being saddled do it because they resent being ridden or have become that way by someone riding them inconsiderately
You should check that your saddle is comfortable and fits correctly and that nothing is pinching anywhere as it tightens. You should always re-check your girth again before you mount and again after a short while once riding especially if your horse is 'blowing out' to avoid having the girth tightened you are likely to suddenly find yourself sitting on his side instead of his back
I can understand that you see this as your dream horse so please don't let it turn into your nightmare by allowing bad habits to get out of control
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