When I get close to my horse with the saddle or the bridle he starts to get worked up, breaths really heavily and he seems really nervous. When I ride him though he settles down a bit and his breathing goes back to normal. I have tried just putting the bridle on and off and the same thing with the saddle cloth I havn't yet tried doing it with the saddle but I am going to.
(he is still only youngish but I thought he should be used to it by now)
How can I get him to settle down and stop getting worked up?
When you take him out to ride (except your not going to ride) take the saddle out and let him sniff it on the ground. Does he stand tied? Leave him with the saddle on the ground next to him. Walk away and get some treats or have them already and pretend like your walking away. Only leave him for a couple mins. Come back, let him sniff it again and give him a small treat. Do it a couple of times then put it on his back then treat. Take it off, put it back on then treat. Take it completely away out of his site, come back with it put it down and give him a treat. He will start to associate the saddle with good things and hopefully calm down. Good luck Posted via Mobile Device