06-15-2012, 08:20 PM
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He's majorly ridden in a very loose rein, often even at the buckle simply because he doesn't need the hassle on his mouth, even sometimes, when we're being silly, have ridden in a halter with reins, so I don't think contact is the issue (he does it either way)
I've ridden him in different saddles to be sure that the fit isn't the issue, because I do have a saddle that I can't use on him because it pinches his withers, even with saddles that doing the chalk, and sweat mark testing, show chalk or sweat on all the right places, it doesn't seem to help.
He does have some minor back pain on occasion, and when that's the case, I give him a massage to relieve some of the knots in his back.
Could it be just a bad habit? Possibly. I know he often has a thing no matter what it is that he just does, so maybe this is his new thing? Who knows, I was just wondering if it was something else I hadn't thought of that could be causing this.
I ride in a riser pad with all my horses because it saves their backs over a long time-period. Less banging when posting, and for the unfortunate times you land heavy in your seat, it provides a little buffer to the painful pressure that's given. Its almost mandatory in my barn.