We had a horse come in the barn for training a couple years back who did the exact same thing. I thought I nearly killed him the first time I went to ride him. We ending up putting a fuzzy girth cover over the girth. And also doing what your doing with tightening it very slowy. I would leave it on hole one. After I bridled him, I would go to hole 2, walk out to the ring, hole three. The I would stretch his front legs out to make sure there was no pinching skin. Get on and as he was walking I would tighten it to hole 4 while in the saddle. He did get better about it over time. He was just sensitive.
Too me in that video it looks like he knows whats coming and freezes, your just going to throw the saddle on and clinch it up real quick. IMO in the second video you tightened it way to quickly for him. Didnt give him a chance to get his brain back. Good luck with him though, seems like your doing a good job on figuring him out and wanting to do whats best for him.
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Last edited by Tamibunny; 06-04-2011 at 11:35 AM.