Bella is a both western and english horse, but we have been riding western for years and I think she prefers western, but recently I thought I'd start riding her english again. But she started to panick when I tried to put it on her, I tried to kinda desensitize her but she was freaking out and I could not get the saddle near her. I'm puzzled, she is fine with western saddles but freaks out at english?? Please don't critisize, I have never come across this and I am wondering why she is doing this.
I'm guessing that she had the issue when were trying to go back to that style of saddle after a very long time of not using it so that saddle was "unfamiliar" to her again.
I've seen it. In fact my youngest doesn't like any saddle that's new to her. She's refused every saddle I've used at first, but I finally got her to accept the small western I have for my granddaughter. It's really light and easier for me to hold for long periods as I worked on getting her use to it touching her (I'd carry it and rub her with it when I brushed her, etc....). Took quite a few days, but she eventually was fine with being saddled. Then when I wanted her to get use to the stock saddle I'll use to train her under she was as unwilling to accept that saddle as she'd been with the first saddle. Once she feels comfortable with whatever saddle I'm using she does fine. It just takes time to get her to that point.
Every horse has their own personality and quirks. Just takes time, patience, trust and understanding the horse in question. It's just as likely that after she's trained and I'm riding her she'll have issues with me switching to the Trooper that will be the saddle I normally use in the end.
And yet this same horse has always been steady as a rock from the first with trucks, buses, cars, dogs, snakes, deer or anything else that comes by her. She just has issues with any saddle she's not familiar with.