Nickering when I dismount?
Is it normal that Lacey nickers/half whinnies (she only did a little dying whinny thing once) when I get off? There were a few times that I've fed her carrots as soon as I've gotten off but it hardly ever happens. She usually nickers when I stand in the stirrups and throw my leg over...She'll also turn her head to look at me as I get off...
The saddle could fit better but it doesn't fit horribly, it just doesn't fit perfectly.
Maybe she's just happy to see me again? I just want to make sure that it's not a "thank goodness you're off my back!" thing. Her back doesn't seem to be sore ever...
It actually does sound like a bit of discomfort to me. I can't see any reason why she would be making a sound when you get on or off... and if she's looking at you, she may be saying, "Ow Ma, that hurts!" She may not be in a lot of pain, but just slight discomfort. Make sure you are not doing up the girth extremely tightly or using excessive padding. Also, use a mounting block when you get on. It puts a lot of stress on a horse's back to simply grab the pommel or horn and throw yourself on.
When was the last time your saddle was fitted? Saddles can change shape over time. What may have fit well a year or two ago, may be different now.
The saddle I'm using has never been professionally fitted. I've checked it out myself to see if it fits and it fits much better than the saddle that came with her but it's not the best either.
I am saving money to get a saddle for her but I won't have enough for a while yet.
I have been trying to desensitize her to the mounting block, she used to be a little freaked out by how I suddenly got taller and I have started to use it every time I ride.
Do you think getting a thin pad, like a quilted cotton pad, might help? I ride english and the saddle currently has one of those fleece/fake sheepskin saddle shaped things for a pad.
Dakota does that too!! He lifts his head and nickers or whinnies softly when I dismount, because he knows it means we're done. He does with when other people dismount, too, because everyone in my lesson kinda dismounts at the same time, so he connects the sound of a rider's feet hitting the ground with the end of the lesson. So I know with him it's not a pain thing. XD
One of my friend's horses that I ride frequently does this too. He does it whenever anyone dismounts, regardless of how long or hard your rode and whether you used his (very well-fitted) saddle or went bareback. He's just happy because he knows that he's done working for the time being, and maybe, if he's lucky, he'll get some sort of treat soon. He usually follows it up with begging to be scratched or rubbed on.
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