Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: I was born in Germany, raised in Texas.
My mare started pinning her ears when I put her in a new saddle after I lost all my tack in a barn fire. It was definitely a saddle fit issue. I ended up selling the saddle and fitted her to a wider one. She lopes much more relaxed now. She does do a much better job loping on a completely loose rein. She HATES me being in her mouth, even just to bump her down a little. She's easy to stop, with nothing more than a sit down and quick woah, but if we're loping freely, she wants that loose rein or she will pin those ears. You really don't have much room there in your video. It's much easier to judge a relaxed lope when you're doing it in nice wide open circles. You hardly have a chance to get set up there before you're having to put on the brakes again. I bet if you can find an open spot and sit a nice relaxed lope on a loose rein, she'll eventually relax too. It may take a bit though. If she's used to a bouncy or tight ride, she'll need to be "taught" that changes are taking place. It took a few rides in a better saddle for my mare to realize "oh, wow, my shoulders aren't being pinched anymore. This feels better!" In your case, it may not be the saddle, but she'll need to get used to you making changes in your riding. In any event, yea, those are "attitude" ears. ;) She's beautiful by the way. :)