I recently was surfing the net to see if anyone else had come up with some suggestions for their grumpy, girthy horses. I came across this excellent article http://www.succeed-equine.com/succeed-blog/2010/12/13/top-3-reasons-your-horse-is-girthy-and-what-to-do-about-it/ and wanted to share. Below is an excerpt...
Here are the top three reasons horses develop girthiness. With the help of your vet and a knowledgeable trainer, you can use the process of elimination to determine which issue is causing your horse to be girthy – the first step in fixing it.
Your Horse May Be Girthy Because His Tack Doesn’t Fit
...The hindgut in particular is massive, filling up the greater portion of the belly. It extends the length of your horse’s underside all the way up into the girth area.
Girthiness Caused By A Previous Trauma
Horses have long memories, especially when there is pain involved. If you horse was mishandled or experienced an injury at any point in his life, his adverse reaction to the girth may be an ongoing result. Here are some types of trauma that may be causing your horse to act girthy.
I also realized, we have a few good tricks of our own to add:
Halloween is coming fast - and with it lots of treats! We know you love to treat your horses so do we! So in honor of more treats - less tricks - or maybe more treats in exchange for your horse learning some new tricks here is our top 10 Treat Favorites (for the horses) :
1. Starlight Peppermints
4. Orange Pop
6. Cracklin Oat Bran Cereal
9. Warm Bran Mash
10. Sugar Cubes
Is it safe to feed? Here is a fairly comprehensive list borrowed from www.myhorse.com of some dos and don'ts when it comes to treats:
Horse owners often ask equine nutritionist Dr. Juliet Getty about the safety of offering common—and sometimes not so common—foods as treats. Carrots have naturally come up in discussion, but also French fries, garlic bread, and even chocolate. What’s safe and what’s not, and under what circumstances, may surprise anyone who has ever extended a chunk of apple to an eager horse.
Dr. Getty points out that some treats are generally safe, some treats are sometimes safe, and some are never, ever good for horses. As she points out, “Horses trust humans for their care. Choose wisely.”
Safe to feed, generally:
Chocolate. Like dogs, horses are sensitive to the toxic chemical theobromine found in chocolate.
Milk and milk products: Do not feed ice cream, cheese, and even yogurt. Grown horses are lactose intolerant. As Dr. Getty cautions, “Your horse will get diarrhea, and,” she adds with a twinkle, “he will not like you.”
Other potentially toxic fruits and vegetables include:
For Horses with Sugar Issues, Avoid these: