Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Washington state
Java, after reading your post and watching the video I had a pretty good idea of what was going on but one post is only a snapshot. Before posting a comment I did a little homework and read your threads going back to 2009. You aren't new to horses and have access to knowable people so that's not the problem. Also we can nitpick individual horses training, bad experiences etc. but the one consistant element in all of these horse snags your having is you.
I do not know you or anything about your life and what's going on but what I see in this thread and in your others is that you're having trouble with commanding the horse's respect and attention.
This is likely sounding like a jerky response. It's not intended to be in any way. If you go back and look at the problems you've had with various horses it all comes down to a matter of the horse not respecting you. I think you know what you're supposed to do and what the horse is supposed to do but that message is getting lost. The saddle thing is a red herring. One less than optimal experience is not going to traumatize a horse. He can relearn saddles in about 10 minutes of positive experience. And just as quick as he can relearn that he can learn to respect you and feel safe with you. Unfortunately you just spent three hours teaching him that you are HIS follower.
Like I said, I don't have any idea what is going on in your life but what I see is that your head in not fully in the game. Your horse is not trying to take advantage of you, he's just trying not to get eaten. And that means following the guy who's paying attention is smarter than he is.
Bottom line: You know what to do. Stay focused and dialed in. He'll respond in kind.