Being claustrophobic by nature, some horses have terrible trouble with a cinch or girth. Some will try to nip or kick you while being girthed while others will freeze in terror, flop down or flip over and even lie catatonic, paralyzed with fear. With this type of horse, bucking in fear is to be highly expected when you ride him.
Most problems with a cinchy horse originate because the horse has not had enough preparation and desensitization to the new feeling of having a saddle put on and cinched up for the first time. They aren’t given time to get used to it, and, if it has been done rudely in the past, it might be that the horse is blaming you for something that happened long ago. Either way, the good news is that solving this problem with a horse isn’t all that hard. All it takes is time, repetition and a very polite approach to girthing.
Solving Your Cinchy Horse Problem the Parelli Natural Horse Training Way
The foundation of Parelli Natural Horsemanship is understanding your horse and the basis for his behavior. So, first of all, you need to know if your horse is reacting out of annoyance or fear.
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