Originally Posted by farmpony84
I think you did good. It sux that it took 2 and a half hours but you worked through each issue as it arose and settled on a good note. I'm not sure what more you could have done. When you said he's getting sour on the saddling part, can I ask what he is doing? There may be some soreness issues going on...
I am pretty sure that he isn't sore, but I could be wrong. I just had him fitted a couple of weeks ago. He is still growing (so much so that keeping weight on him is getting difficult) but I was told that it fits as well as it can right now. The saddle fitter is having me use a small riser pad in the front until he fills out a little. Was told that the angle of the bars is perfect for him, and the gullet size will be correct. I've been trying to check his back and withers for soreness a couple of times a week and haven't noticed anything.
Now onto what he is doing. Generally he will stand quietly, tied or not tied for grooming, waving a plastic bag, rope thrown on, under around him but when I go to put his saddle pad or saddle on, he's antsy and tries to avoid it. At this point he has to be tied to be saddled otherwise he'd run away. Once tied, he does not bolt forward or pull back like I've seen some other horses do. He just walks around using the wall/tie as a pivot. I've gone back to throwing the pad on and off of him, re-desensitizing and that has helped a little bit. He is not cinchy at all and once the saddle is on him, he stands quietly.