How to Manage a Girthy Horse
That time of day that all the routine checks are done and it’s time to saddle. Both you and your horse give each other the “stink eye’ as not looking forward to it. No, not even one bit. Regardless, it has to be done.
While it may cause you to lose sleep over it, especially if the pain is severe, it can be corrected. Consult with a veterinarian and rule out the causes that could be responsible. After identifying this, fixing will only be one step away.
Causes of pain in the Girthy Horse
There are several factors that can make girthing so tasking that neither the horse, nor the rider/handler looks forward to. Below are a few things that may be contributing to girthing being a nightmare:
- Poor positioning of the girth or saddle
- An improper fit-therefore pinching or rubbing against the horse
- Bad working condition-this means that there could be some unseen damage that brings about the pain or discomfort.
- Discomfort in the hindgut bringing about pain. These sometimes are seen as signs of ulcers in horses. This means that the girthing of your horse has nothing to do with either the girth or the saddle. Internal problems could be the root cause of all the discomfort and pain.
- Pain by association-A previous experience that involved pain when girthing. Could be from an injury or dubious training.
- A weak back
- An old/unhealed injury
The process of elimination helps arrive at the pain causing problem sooner. After all, when it’s about the safety of the horse and rider, precaution needs to be observed.
There is a Cure
Internal girthing pain can be brought about by several factors. First and foremost, the digestive tract covers a wide surface area, making it impossible to avoid when girthing. The slightest imbalance in the digestive tract can trigger a pain. Ulcers can also be said to play a big role, if present. There are several things to be on the lookout for when establishing whether the girth pain is internal:
- Granules in the manure
- Manure that is either too loose or too dry
- Fluctuating weight.
With any of the above noted, the good news is that it can be corrected with a change in feed. In case you have noticed signs of ulcers in horses, medication is prescribed. Together with supplements and a high roughage diet, improvements for the Girthy Horse are notable in a few days.