Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
What is the super tight martingale and harsh bit for?
The martingal (or training fork as what we call it at the barn) isn't that tight...it's elastic anyways
As for the bit...that's his favorite bit...don't ask me why he likes it, but he does haha
It's been more than a week since the withers have healed...it's been 2 weeks or so...but he wasn't ridden for a good week or so afterwards to give the withers a chance to heal really well. Also, the one lady that originally rides him is heavier than my friend, so it's defiantely not her weight...
And the saddle was fine...it wasn't downhill on him without the pad, nor did it appear to be pinching him at all.
Well the thing was that the minute she cued him for a canter (she said "canter"...he knows what walk, trot, canter, hoe, etc means) he started bucking...once she was off, he cantered around then went to the opposite side of the arena.
If it was a pain issue he'd be showing signs at a walk and trot...correct? His ears were either errect or in listening position...not in a "ouch" way...his tail wasn't swishing around, nor was he acting up before the buck
I'm going to put him in the arena and lunge him on Thursday, then put a western saddle on him and do some work with him.