Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Sorry, ignore the last post :)
As you said, she has had a sore back previously from a bad fitting saddle, and she has connected the dots. Saddle = Sore back. So now when she sees a saddle coming for her, she isn't going to like it. When you put the saddle on, are you riding her? If not (which it sounds like), good job!
Is she a food orientated horse at all? If she is, when you put on the saddle blanket and all that, give her a tiny treat. That might also help her become more accepting. After that, just leave the saddle on top of her, don't do up anything. Wait for a couple of seconds and then take it off. Another treat or a scratch.
If she starts to misbehave while you are taking it off, put it straight back on her back but gently. Then wait a few more seconds. I am not sure whether this will help your girl, but it works for Pumpkin.
I wish you the best of luck and I hope all goes well when you get the Saddler out.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky