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post #11 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 11:25 PM
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A number of years ago before she was mine, my mare had an awful girth gull. It was swollen and gross even though the skin was never broken. She used to cowkick as you tightened the girth, rightfully so. But I didn't tolerate it.Its been a year since I corrected it and she hasn't bothered to cowkick. She has some knots in her muscles down near her girth area that I'm slowly working out now as well.

I guess its up to you and what you want to tolerate. Is the battle worth picking? Is this something you feel you can fix? Are you concerned the habit might hurt someone eventually? I can think of a battle I just chose not to fight with my mare, but thats because it was irrelevant to just about everything and really not worth the effort.
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Right. The other horse, Dill, is such a pocket horse... He likes to just be in your company and lip. Complete opposite of the grump!

I will see how it goes for a few weekends (I can only be there friday sunday), but if we get success, I will offer the information up to others. If they don't take it... Well, their boob's loss, not mine.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-11-2013, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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It doesn't bother me if he nips at air. He seems like the type that just "needs" to react for some reason, and I'm wondering if he is referring back to whatever caused his white scar.

People know about his nipping and if I see him thinking, I tend to warn those around us, but still reprimand if its directed at people. But it gets to being a pain when someone does something, and I need to reprimand, and they continue doing what they do.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-12-2013, 09:20 AM
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Ribs sprung, cracked, broken, withers process broken, neck out? All sorts of things.

Can also be saddle fit, as mentioned.

And are you tenting saddle blankets, making sure saddle is far enough back, making sure your cinch is not too long and pressing on nerves/blood vessels, that you are not cinching too tight to begin with?

Could also have something stuck in body, under where cinch is lying. Found 4 inch thorn stuck straight up in center of cinch area on belly one time.

Abscesses deep within muscles too will cause this.

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