Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
My gelding used to (he still turns to look at me, but its much less aggressive) get very angry when I tightened his cinch. I used a combination of telling him to "quit it" with a tap/poke/smack on the shoulder and later backing him up when he was getting serious about it, and slowing down the girthing process. He also blows out quite a bit, so I can't get it all done at one time anyway. Now what I do is I put the saddle on, tighten it a few times till I can at least tie a knot in it, wait around for a few minutes pick his feet, put on his boots, then tighten it up some more, then put on his bridle walk him out to the arena/mounting block, then tighten it up one final time, mount up, and go.
I've actually found that when he's just free to walk around/move away from me, he's much more civil then if he's single tied or cross tied....today I stood in the yard and tightened it up, and although he cranked his head around to bump me with his nose, he never pinned his ears or attempted to lip/bite me.