adopted reining horse
I adopted a rescued
horse 6 months ago.The previos owner claims she was a reining horse.She is very sweet.My daughter has ridden her bareback.She took to the saddle ok untill the flaps made contact,then she freaked.What could the reason be for this.
I have no real experience with this, but I'd think that she's either scared of it, or (if she is a reiner) she might have very sensitive sides and my slapping the stirrups down she thought you meant go.
Some reiners will scoot right out from under you if you don't ride quiet enough.
I would suggest finding a trainer to do all this stuff for you....
Some trainers train their reiners such that they flap their legs prior to using the big spurs(during training) so that the hose learns to react just from the flap of the leg this may well be what you are experiencing. Does she have any old spur marks? I would bet that is what this is. Reiners are super sensitive, regardless. That is how the are trained
If this horse was campaigned this could be a sign of stress. Try saddling her off side instead and if she stands, promptly offer a treat. What doesn't work on one side often work on the other. Horses that like to lean on a farrier will often stop when the farrier changes the sequence. If one of you holds her while the other saddles, be sure both of you are on the same side. I'd also do this out in the open and not in the confines of a barn. If she still has to move, stay by her saddle area and follow her if she circles. She'll likely quit after two or three, then saddle her. Don't worry about the pad, just saddle her, walk her then remove it. Then put her away and leave her alone. That's a huge reward for a horse.
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