Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I agree. Arabs are highly sensitive and it sounds to me like he's a typically cinchy horse and instead of bringing him along, at some point someone has rough handled him and basically taught him to hate the saddling process even if he's fine once the saddle is on.
My Arab mare is cinchy as heck. She's a horrible bloater, and pins her ears angrily if you tighten to quickly. All it would take was someone kneeing her in the gut (old remedy for bloaters) and roughing her about to turn her into a savage who started going after people who saddled her. In the wrong hands, she could be a recipe for disaster.
I had issues with my Paint filly getting cinchy this year - she'd dance when I put the saddle on, and immediately start hauling back and dancing when I tried to tighten. I thought I was going slow, but it turns out I wasn't going slow enough. I started rubbing her on the cinch area, going slow, tightening by degrees and gradually she came around nicely.
I'd set some time aside to work with him before smacking him for it, because it sounds like that's all anyone has ever done to him. If he was THAT determined to not be ridden, you'd be getting a lot of anatics IN the saddle as well as on the ground. If he's just having a fit when you tighten the cinch, it tells me someone hasn't treated him nicely in the past and nobody has bothered to do anything but scold him for it now.
Try coaxing him along with a gentle hand as opposed to a strong one and see how he comes.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.