I'm not sure if this is a health issue but I figure that was probably the closest thing so forgive me if this is totally wrong. =)
So Lacey has always kinda nickered a little when I dismount. She didn't used to do it so much when I first started working with her but now after working with her for a year she's started whinnying, nickering, swishing her tail around like crazy, nuzzling my leg, and sometimes backing up as I dismount. I'm really not sure if it's a pain thing or if she's super excited to see me "return" to the ground, yknow? The violent tail swishing makes me wonder about pain but the rest of it makes me think she's just really happy about something. Haha
Her saddle fits ok. It's not the best fit but it's the best I can do currently and her back isn't sore (I make sure to run my fingers down her spine using a little pressure everyday and she never flinches). She also does this when I ride bareback so I don't think it's the saddle...
Should I be worried about this?
I guess I kinda do make a big production over her when I get off (I baby talk her and hug her and rub her face) and she acts happy so it makes sense that I have kinda trained her to do it, possibly, but I don't want to be ignoring her signals.