I wanted to share my excitement with you about saddling and riding Sugar for her first on both last evening.
She is my 4 yr old lineback Dun and has never been started under saddle as far as the last owner's knowledge goes. They had her for a year before I got her at the beginning of this year. She is also the most curious horse I have ever met, even more than Little Man my 8 yr old paint.
Anyways, my intentions were just to get her started under saddle and let that be it for the day since I'd figured for some uneasyness. How wrong was I!!!
Tied her to the tailgate strap and started introducing the saddle pad. She thought it was for tug-o-war and wanted to play. Lol finally got it rubbed all over her with no care in the world from her. Sat it on her back and went for a walk around the tree as if nothing was there. Grabbed the saddle and gave her a smell of it then rubbed down her chest and ribs. Her reaction was to check out the left over hay in the bed of the truck. Sat it on her back and she never even acknowledged it was there. I'm getting excited at this point thinking I should have done this long ago!!
Walked her around with cinch laid over the saddle and she still acts like its been there all the time. Went back to the truck and started tightening the cinch in stages with still no reaction from her. At this point I don't know if I should be thrilled or disappointed. Haha Walked her part ways down the pasture then got her into a trot with the stirrups bouncing to see if that would bother her,NOPE.
She is showing all the signs of a horse who was already broken and continued to do so even when I got on her to walk around a tree there by the barn. I decided to end it on that positive note so I unloaded the saddle into the back of the truck and tried to send her back out after grooming her. She acted like she wanted more. Lol
Here are a couple of pics of her and me..I am in awe of this one little lady.. Sugar saddle test.jpg Sugar first on back.jpg
Here is a pic for reference on her size. I'm 5'11" 215lbs Sme&sugar.jpg