Afraid of being saddled - Page 2 - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 30 Old 03-27-2011, 04:17 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: u,k
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
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

trust no man if you can not see your reflection in there eyes
furandfeather is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 30 Old 03-27-2011, 04:30 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Missoula, Montana - Transplanted from Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 83
• Horses: 1
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 :)
Darla719 is offline  
post #13 of 30 Old 03-27-2011, 04:53 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 38,490
• Horses: 2
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.
tinyliny is offline  
post #14 of 30 Old 03-27-2011, 05:09 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ireland
Posts: 672
• Horses: 1
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.
Sarahandlola is offline  
post #15 of 30 Old 03-27-2011, 06:31 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 122
• Horses: 0
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!
Horse Dreamer is offline  
post #16 of 30 Old 03-27-2011, 09:02 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
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.
Saddlebag is offline  
post #17 of 30 Old 03-27-2011, 11:57 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Missoula, Montana - Transplanted from Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 83
• Horses: 1
I can't wait to try out all of these techniques and see which one works. Thanks!
Darla719 is offline  
post #18 of 30 Old 03-28-2011, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,143
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Horse Dreamer View Post
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!


EQUILOVE
Equilove is offline  
post #19 of 30 Old 03-28-2011, 10:12 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Missoula, Montana - Transplanted from Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 83
• Horses: 1
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 :)
Darla719 is offline  
post #20 of 30 Old 03-28-2011, 10:40 AM
mls
Trained
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MN
Posts: 5,464
• Horses: 3
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?
mls is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse won't go through round pen gate while saddled. milkfever Horse Riding 4 12-03-2010 05:24 PM
Cowgirl Saddled ChevyPrincess Horse Pictures 10 09-28-2010 09:22 AM
Lucky Saddled Up and Cute! [ image heavy ] Abby Horse Pictures 2 10-31-2008 10:27 AM
Trail Riding Saddled or Bareback? Abby Trail Riding 37 06-30-2008 06:50 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome