Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Taylorsville, NC
Advice on getting horse to accept saddle
I have an 8 year old Appaloosa and I will say this, she is stubborn as a mule. I bought her about a month ago and once you get her saddled and on her, she rides pretty good. She does need some refresher lessons and ground work.
She wasn't ridden that much and when you want to make her work she thinks she is going to put her hoof down and say "no". Once in a while you go for a simple trail ride, just a calm walking gait and she then decides she has had enough and will stand there for over 10 minutes or more, refusing to move no matter what you do to try and get her to move.
She has a habit of puffing out when it comes to tightening the girth strap, so I just have to tighten a little walk her around and then re-adjust when it goes slack.
The problem I am having is that as soon as she sees the saddle or the pad, she refuses to stand still for it. She will trot away from me, go in circles, move away, anything to avoid it. I was wondering if anyone can tell me the right way to correct this without increasing her negative perspective she has with this issue. What should I do exactly when she does this so that I can show her what I expect her to do when I attempt this and what to do to discipline (hope that's the right expression) her when it happens? Thank you very much!