Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Dang! That is a lot of advice from an avatar...
In any case, on your page your write, "Red Embers was a abused horse we got from the auction last June. She does Dressage (2nd level), cross country, showjumping(3 foot), and English pleasure which is what she is being used for now by me."
Some possibilities that have nothing to do with saddle fit:
Maybe she is feeling better, so you are seeing behaviors she didn't have before. Horses sometimes take months to get used to a new owner, and then start trying that owner out. And you wrote, " And she really dosnt sweat.... becuase I don't push her to work because she gets all pissy the minuet I ask her to do something."
So maybe she is testing you and figuring out how to avoid work.
Another possibility: " Dressage (2nd level), cross country, showjumping(3 foot), and English pleasure" are a LOT to throw at a horse unless you've eased the horse into it.
My Arabian mare sometimes gets pissy, but it usually means she isn't certain what I'm asking her to do, or lacks confidence, and then she gets 'pissy'. If pushed further, she gets more than pissy. But if I back off a bit, and make sure she understands what I want, and THEN push - she obeys, and tries to make it work.
Honestly, much of my mare's "marishness" is how I ride. She is a dominate yet fearful horse. She's a perfectionist. She will also try very hard to do what I want IF she understands what it is. But if I confuse her, she gets...pissy.
And I don't try anywhere near as much with her as you are trying with your horse, and I've owned her for 4 years...
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."