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        12-29-2008, 06:00 PM
    I agree that he's just screaming pain. Even if you try 50 saddles and he still does it doesn't mean you've tried one that fits! Also if he has a sore from the saddle it may take a while to heal. Saddle sores aside, I agree with massage and chriopractic work. He may have a knot, a sore muscle, a kink, etc. that is causing him pain.
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        12-30-2008, 03:37 AM
    Well. Just make sure your saddle fits him correctly and your not doing up his girth to fast
    If need be you could call a professional saddle fitter to come out and evaluate your situation.

    Also to be on the safe side i'd call an equine chiro. Even if your saddle fits perfectly, if there's something out of whack with him, that needs to get sorted out first.

    If you can, buy a high quality therapeutic saddle pad, you'll pay up the butt for it but they are very much worth it

    If all the above turns up clean and this is just a habit,
    I'd give him a nice smack each time too.
    Just don't over-do it obviously and don't forget praise when he stands quiet
        12-30-2008, 11:11 AM
    Thanks again. I'm on a very strict budget and just sprung for the massage therapist who essentially OKed the saddle fit (suggests lifting the cantle end a little bit with a shimmed pad) and did not find sore spots. I always do up any horse's girth a hole at a time, going back and forth from left to right sides--I feel it is the only considerate way. Another rider at our barn says her daughter had dominance issues with her horse that were similar and were solved quickly with a few swift hits with the crop. I just wish I knew for sure as I hate the idea of punishing a horse for a natural reaction to pain. For now I'm going to go the patience route and try the desensitizing suggestions. Thanks again for the input.
        01-01-2009, 01:03 PM
    Guess what? My quick-learning sweet boy has gotten the message already! I used a combination of advice and did some ground work, backing him up etc. and just held the crop while I was saddling him and...problem solved. I guess he was just trying to see what he could get away with, and needed some respectful boundaries. For what it's worth, I do think now that the two quick corrections with the crop were the right thing to do. Promised I would report back and thanks again for the advice!
        01-04-2009, 10:58 AM
    I agree with mostly everyone else- check and see what could be causing the problem. It could be that he has is in pain, or that someone abused him and he now does not like when people put the saddle on because someone was abusing towards him. If the second thing is the case, you might want to try stretches (with AND without a treat- a treat can sometimes be good but def. Not often) and stroking the horse or natural horsemanship games that will help him to relax. Also, nh will help you guys to have a stronger bond. It helps the horse to trust you more. What everyone else says is also good advice.
        01-04-2009, 11:26 AM
    Does he do anything under saddle or when you mount him? Could he be cold backed? The one horse I owned(the usual problem horse I once again refer to, man was he a horse I am glad I no longer own!)was ok until you had him in the arena with tack on and he did actually did more than just walk. You should try adding a squeegy underneath your saddle pad. Works well with horses who have cold backs.

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