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        07-20-2013, 05:31 PM
    I don't think this is a girth thing if the horse dose this bareback. It her back sore? Dose she get 'sleepy' in the field? I know an older mare that had narcoleptic episodes and falls over when she is sleeping in her stall 0.0, could this be something similar because she is tired from working?
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        07-21-2013, 01:57 AM
    My horse did some really weird things under saddle when I got her. She would sit down like a dog or do a reverse dog sit. She also used to do the thing where she would turn and look at my boot. Turns out with her it was ulcers and a sore back and sharp edges on her teethe, as well as a bad neck. She also did not understand leg pressure. Have you tried having anyone else ride her? What kind of bitless bridle are you using?
        07-24-2013, 06:53 PM
    Here are some photos of what she does.

    She nibbles my foot, and leans back further than this. I have tried with other people on her and she doesn't always do it, but will most of the time!
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        07-24-2013, 07:00 PM
    Elana - That is routine before I mount, Pulling each leg forward.
    Rookie - It's when I nudge her in the sides, she reacts. She never looks at her stomach otherwise. Just when I ride her! I'll try the grain bag idea though. She doesn't lay down as such, I posted a photo of her lowering herself. She does it bareback and with the saddle but has been backed before so it's not like she hasn't experienced it. She was previously neglected, but she remembers quickly! Today I hopped on her back and managed to do a good couple of laps in the arena, but after that she stopped and started up all her normal nonsense!
        07-24-2013, 07:24 PM
    Now I'm beginning to think this was behaviour she tried and it worked. She may previously have worn an badly fitting saddle. Horses will often continue with a behaviour long after the pain is gone. Next time she does a couple of laps with desired behaviour, quickly pop a treat in her mouth. You'll have to do this a few times before she catches on, usually three times, maybe 4.
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        07-24-2013, 09:19 PM
    Agree with Saddlebag. Also I would encourage you to stop riding before this behavior starts. Even if it is just for one lap around the arena. Before you dismount give her a reward (treat, pat, kind word, whatever she likes), stand still for 30 seconds and then dismount. That way she will begin to learn that the end of the ride is not tied in to the behavior. Once you are more confident of her, try a little more, but if she leans back you're going to have to push her forward and get her out of it. A half a dozen more steps might be enough the first time or two. Just so she knows that you determine the end of the ride, not her.

    All assuming it is indeed behavioral, which I do think it is.
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