This is one of the reasons I enjoy dropping in to the Horse Forum. Some very good advice and thoughts here.
My Misty came to me with a saddling issue. Once the saddle is one, she's quite good about the cinching. We, my trainer and myself, decided it was due to years of poor saddle fit. It takes time for the "anticipation" to go away, and every now and then it rears it's ugly head again.
I resorted to something very similar to what Tinylily suggested, without the clicker and it worked like a charm. But, then every now and again, it isn't. She is excellent at all times, except when saddling. Now, she is so much improved, but still not 100% and I'm considering trying something for possible ulcers. Will be discussing this with my vet. Also think, because she is such a B***h during heats, that it may be a female issue. Will explore that too.
Enough time has passed that this issue should have resolved completely, imho, if it was just saddle fit. Could be wrong, but would prefer to err on side of caution.
Will be checking out Springtime Inc (love them, all natural products) to see what they have for both issues and see what the vet says.
Thanks for all the great insight and info!
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