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        03-27-2011, 04:17 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Hi all ,have you tried bridling first ?this would give you more controle by slipping your arm through the reins ,as when we put our horses bridles on they no they are going for a ride good luck
         
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        03-27-2011, 04:30 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Have not tried that (bridling first), and will definitely give that a try next time I go for a ride. Thanks for the idea, I'll let you know how that works :)
         
        03-27-2011, 04:53 PM
      #13
    Super Moderator
    I would rather have a rope halter on, keep the end of it over my arm (not around, just draped over, ) and if he starts to move, you could either do as Cherie suggests, snap the rope halter under his chin a good one and say WHoa! Or hold onto the rope halter with your left hand and let him cirlce around you and the saddle until he choses to stop. YOu'd have to turn with him. If you had an English (lighter ) saddle would be so much easier.
    I would try what Cherie suggested.

    I just think you can do som much more with a rope halter and a longish lead than the bridle. Just my opinion.

    I have't personally dealt wtih this problem to the level you have. If my horse moves, I will verbally scold him. If he chosed to move more, I just follow him .
    If he moved into me I would smack him with whatever I could, of kick him in the belly if he seriously barged into me like he was going to run me over and I had no free hand and nothing to swing at him. I have feet and sharp cowboy boots.
    OR, just stamp the ground fiercely, if that will change his mind. Acting big and angry for a second can really make an impression. Also , takes his mind off that saddle and onto the wacko stamping the ground right next to him.
         
        03-27-2011, 05:09 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Her back could be sore...The same thing happens when I tack up a horse with a sore back. When he sees the saddle he gets really moody and tries to bite...Even if the saddle fits her back could be sore for other reasons.
         
        03-27-2011, 06:31 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Knowing now what I didn't know then, I would certainly rule out any physical issues, and ill fitting tack. If all those were a thumbs up, I think I would just go with the pressure and release method. Instead of riding the horse everytime it is saddled just saddle and unsaddle, over and over. When that becomes second nature to the horse, saddle and lead it. When that becomes comfortable, saddle and lunge. It may just be one of those things where completely starting over is the best option. I am very lucky that I have many friends and a couple of great trainers to lean on. Good luck!
         
        03-27-2011, 09:02 PM
      #16
    Showing
    This training "trick" works for a few issues when the horse is being disrespectful. Move the horse far enough that you can safely lunge it. Keep the lunge line folded in your left hand and your lunge whip close by. When she moves away from you as you approach with the saddle, very quickly set it down, grab the lunge whip and send her out with a look like you want to kill her. Make her trot briskly a few rounds, throwing in 3 or 4 turnbacks (reverses), then invite her in and again approach with the saddle. Again if she retreats or rushes past, again with the lunging and turnbacks. She should be figuring this out and may need a third go-round. She should stand quietly after that as it's easier than doing all that hard work. That's why the turnbacks, more tiring. I do this with horses that fuss when getting their hooves picked, or trimmed, trailer loading, etc.
         
        03-27-2011, 11:57 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I can't wait to try out all of these techniques and see which one works. Thanks!
         
        03-28-2011, 10:07 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Horse Dreamer    
    Knowing now what I didn't know then, I would certainly rule out any physical issues, and ill fitting tack. If all those were a thumbs up, I think I would just go with the pressure and release method. Instead of riding the horse everytime it is saddled just saddle and unsaddle, over and over. When that becomes second nature to the horse, saddle and lead it. When that becomes comfortable, saddle and lunge. It may just be one of those things where completely starting over is the best option. I am very lucky that I have many friends and a couple of great trainers to lean on. Good luck!
    I had to read back to the beginning because I was confused as to whether this was my thread or one I'd commented on (Darla's) lol.

    As I said before, I don't always ride her or even work her when I saddle her. The saddles I use fit her and her back is not sore. It was a problem from day one with me and she'd had a year off from riding before that, so just those facts alone rule out the saddle fit making her that way. The only other time she's been ridden was when she was being trained for riding last spring.

    Another thing too - when I take the saddle off of her she immediately shies away from it. The only time she accepts it is when it's on her back. I'll need to get a video or something to clarify what she's doing. It's really strange!
         
        03-28-2011, 10:12 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Sorry Equilove, I didn't mean to hijack your thread - lol. I was really excited to see someone had the exact same problem as I am having. In my situation, my horse only does it as I'm approaching him with the saddle. Once it's on, he no longer moves and when I take it off he doesn't move then either. Maybe it's some sort of game with him..(shrug), but I'm going to try some of these tricks to see if I can get him to quit it. Keep us posted on if you find something that works :)
         
        03-28-2011, 10:40 AM
      #20
    mls
    Trained
    Equilove and Darla - since the horses are fairly new to you - think back to watching the previous owner saddle the horse - what did they do/not do differently? Or did the horse react the same way?
         

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