Girthing up

Girthiness in horses is never fun, attractive, or safe, and can sometimes point to underlying issues - ulcers, sarcoids in the girth area, a pinching saddle, spine issues, rib subluxations, even nutritional deficiencies.
Girthiness in horses is never fun, attractive, or safe, and can sometimes point to underlying issues – ulcers, sarcoids in the girth area, a pinching saddle, spine issues, rib subluxations, even nutritional deficiencies.
Sometimes it stems just from doing it all too quickly, with a tense horse.
Sometimes it stems just from doing it all too quickly, with a tense horse.
La Prima suffers non of the issues mentioned  - I have just restarted the process from scratch with her, gradually girthing up in 7-8 steps.
The mare suffers non of the issues mentioned – I have just restarted the process from scratch with her, gradually girthing up in 7-8 steps.

 

Have tips to share what you have done with other, very difficult horses?

I’d love to hear about them!

This mare is definitely not overly girthy, but could be – if in the wrong hands.  She’s sensitive and insecure about it all.  Sharing some pictures with you here on the current process.  She’s doing much better already!

 

With some practice the horse gets used to the routine, and all tail swishing, side stepping, nipping, head tossing, twitching, and dancing ends. She's a happy girl here!
With some practice the horse gets used to the routine, and all tail swishing, side stepping, nipping, head tossing, twitching, and dancing ends.
She’s a happy girl here!

5 thoughts on “Girthing up

  1. For me, it was the girth itself. My mare hates a leather girth on her skin – she’s practically unrideable and would start to protest as I was tightening the girth. With a girth cover or a cloth girth, she’s happy as a clam. I think the leather grabs or pinches her, but she’s sensitive like that…

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  2. I have a gelding like that! A cheap faux-sheepskin girth cover has made all the difference for us. With it he will ignore girthing completely. Without it he puffs up most impressively so the girth barely fits on the loosest hole and tries to bite.

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  3. My lass isn’t girthy, but will let you know if she isn’t happy about her tack. It’s our job to listen which some owners don’t as they are so rushed, or just tell the horse off.
    Changing the girth results in no looking round, she is polite in letting you know, initially.

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