When horses understand that by having the seat comfortable or thickness stiffened, they often respond by pinning their hearing, throwing, flexing their whole body and shifting around, or similar actions. Often seen as the horse being “girthy,” “cinchy,” or “cinch-sensitive.”
Most of these actions start when the horse carefully noticed that the thickness is stiffened or when the animal sees some discomfort from the devices used. Dont rules out stomach ulcers, which can damage and might also, be closely related to “cinchy” behavior.
These actions can continue to persist as a programmed worry (an anxiety reaction activated by a particular stimulation but not the real discomfort that was initially felt). As a result, the horse shows unwanted actions. What we don’t recognize is that we are starting towards a learning pattern, which is accountable for educating the horse how to keep showing the unwanted behavior when we tense up the thickness or smooth.
The series is:
1. Pressure from tightening up the thickness (request of an unwanted behavior).
2. The response of ear pinning, throwing, flexing, etc. (undesirable actions presented).
3. The horse rider finishes/stops tightening up the thickness (releases the stress, thereby, fulfilling the unwanted behavior).
Because we do this instinctively and frequently in the same manner, we don’t understand that the horse believes his unwanted actions is accountable to stop the thickness from being drawn, and it is likely that the horse’s strength of the reaction will increase eventually (more stinging, more extreme throwing, flexing, etc.).
Once we make sure the horse is not in physical discomfort and that the devices fit properly, then we can begin the behavior adjustment process. To try to resolve this problem, follow these steps:
1. Start tightening up the thickness or easy by implementing a sporadic, ongoing stress by quickly shifting the depth or easy up and down a tiny bit at the same time holding it against the horse and near the billet ties or comfortable band. The horse will display the unwanted actions thinking that it will quit the tightening up of the thickness, but at this moment such will not work because you will keep using the sporadic stress on the thickness.
2. Once the horse understands that these old actions are not in any way avoiding the depth or secure from tightening up, the horse will implement a new action. In that present time, we can quit the sporadic activity of the stress and select a more preferred action (for example, the horse experiencing ahead and relaxed). We can practice this series many times until the equine understands that the new effort to end the girthing is to expect and stand comfortable.
An even more efficient way to improve this situation is including beneficial encouragement through training.This is done by using the very same sporadic thickness stress explained, (which has formerly associated with a food-based reinforcement) to compensate the preferred actions such as the horse’s head ahead and whole body comfortable. The knowledge immediately informs the equine that that is the right reaction. This way we are not only re-training the unwanted actions, but we also include a good result to the girthing activity. This will help the equine remove the memory of the programmed worry associated with the thickness or accessible and alternative it with a good organization.