Thanks Lotti! It was hard to commit and just ride her through it to find out whether it was the saddle or not because I didn't really want to remain on her if it was, but alas we aren't at a point yet where I can be on her bareback so we did it!
I've been extremely busy and only am going to make it out 4 days this week...ergh. Was doing really well with 5/6, though I think she'll appreciate the break. I am currently reading up on Monty Roberts and Clinton Anderson techniques, and trying to apply them in my work with my horse. It's a lot to remember right now and so different than how I was taught, but I'm determined to get it right for this poor horse. She's 13 but I don't think it's ever too late to prove that not all humans are harsh. And lucky for me she seems willing to let me start over as much as I need to. I already have messed up some with her and know that I'll continue to make mistakes, but I'm hoping for a good bond and learning experience for us both in the end. I don't want to speak/write too soon, but she's been AWESOME about leaving the barn now! Still naughty while tacking up, and VERY cinchy...one step at a time though!