|Type of jump girth I’ve been borrowing|
Okay, I think we may have an issue here. Before the colic scare this past Monday I recall maybe one or two instances in the few weeks prior where he showed a little bit of girthiness when tacking up. I didn’t think much of it, because the leather girth I’ve been borrowing doesn’t look super comfortable (my old girth doesn’t fit the new jump saddle). It’s a “balding” girth where the straps cross each other in an effort to be chafeless but I think it might be pinching hair.
Anyways. So Monday was the minimal colic scare. He acted girthy when I tacked him up, even with the dressage saddle and synthetic chafeless girth he has never had an issue with before. I chalked it up to some digestive upset. His girthiness behavior included: pinned ears, evil eye, and lifting hind leg in a quasi-threatening manner.
|Our dressage girth|
Tuesday. Girthiness again with dressage saddle. He seemed to only mind if I put my hand behind the girth or shift it forward – he was not bothered by tightening it up. We had a nice ride.
Wednesday. Angry girthiness while grooming! Simply brushing that area, even rubbing my hand behind the armpit and below belly (hard enough so not tickling), and Hemie was trying to nip my arm! Clearly he was bothered back there so I decided to ride bareback (he’s doing great with that!). He was very gassy, so I’m wondering if its still some lingering digestion situation?
Thursday he got the night off and tonight I have a lesson (rain, rain, go away!!), but in the meantime I’ve been googling the heck out of girthiness trying to figure it out. The top hits are:
- Poorly fitting tack
- Needing a chiropractic adjustment (this one surprised me)
- Our saddles have been evaluated by a professional, so I feel good about their fit. Girths, though, are another story. I need to buy a new jump girth and maybe consider fleece covers to eliminate hair pulling.
- Ulcers. I don’t really want to even think about ulcers. I’ve been researching and it really bothers me that there’s no affordable, clearly indicative test, and that the medicine is so overpriced. Has anyone done the sucrose absorption urine test on their horse?
- I’ll have to do more research on chiropractic adjustment. Some people swear by it. When I personally saw a chiropractor I only felt results when I did it 3 times a week for 2+ months.