Thanks, I appreciate you sharing your experience...suddenly I don't feel like the world's worst owner due to a training exersize. I know I didn't hurt her, she's a VER sensative horse and wouldn't have stood to be pinched or been made uncomfortable by the surcingle. She's the kind of horse that lets you know right away if something doesn't fit or is off.
If there are entire racing styles that do not pull from the shoulder, HOW IS IT HURTING THEM THEN??? I can understand where lillie's coming from, make them as comfy as possible and make their job as easy as possible...but she's trying to make me think what I did that one time was borderline abuse. Nah. I know I have little experience with this, but I KNOW I wasn't hurting her, and had her best interests at heart by dragging it by hand for 20 minutes first to ensure she wouldn't spook!
I dunno...I asked for help and got FLAMED.