Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum, Bulldog.
As ALYJOMOFO and MIEventer suggested, saddle fit and a bloating horse are the typical culprits. There is not much you can do with an ill fitting saddle except to change it but you can work with a bloater.
The way I cinch my horses works the same whether they bloat or not, and that is to do it in stages. I'll cinch them up to very snug then stretch each front leg, snug up the cinch again, walk them a few steps (or a few dozen feet) then snug the cinch again.
When I mount, I do it quickly by putting my right hand on the saddle horn and my left hand on his neck (usually grabbing some mane). Once in the saddle I'll shift my weight to the right to center the saddle and off I'll ride. After 10 or 15 min. I may get down and snug the cinch once more if I have a bloater.
That's my routine, hope it helps.
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