Any advice for a horse that's antsy while saddling
My mare is very special, but she does some things that just plain bother me sometimes. Nothing dangerous, but little annoyances.
1.) When I go to saddle her, she turns into a horned monster. She dances once the saddle is on, and swings from side to side. A "NO" is usual enough to stop it, but any tips on how to prevent it int he first place? She also, when you go to cinch up, acts like you're killing her. She turned around to nip me the other day, and I wasnt even to a hole yet. I don't know if she sucks in before hand, but her barrel isnt nearly as big as my sister's paint, and I can tighten his cinch just fine. Her..you get to the fourth one, you think she's dying of oxygen deprivation, and then you go to get on and the saddle slides. Any tips for one that does this?
2.) We spook selectively. In her past she was a bolter, and still when homeless men pop out of the woods she will wheel for home and you have to get her thinking before she runs. Now, for example, when she feels like it, she will shy over something she's seen a million times. Such as a dry creekbed, or a utility trailer she's passed before. I literally had to back her down the creek the other day, and she was just grand with that. Any tips for that? It's not like she's genuinely scared, it's like she thinks if she acts up, adn I buy it, we can go home, which clearly is never the case.
She's not in pain, she rides in a snaffle, and she only is ridden four times a week.