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post #71 of 72 Old 03-06-2016, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by elle1959 View Post
You're the one who is making it really tight, and that's the part he doesn't like. I wonder what would happen if her instructor or someone else did that last tightening of it?
Her coach did it the other day and he didn't react. But she did it very quickly so I don't think he knew it was coming. I have a routine now, so he anticipates it. Maybe I need to change up the routine. But even when I hadn't tightened it yet, he was getting nippy on the walk towards the indoor arena. Maybe because that's where I tighten it.

He will be away for three days at the coach's barn so I'll ask her to observe his behavior when I'm not around.
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post #72 of 72 Old 03-06-2016, 05:51 PM
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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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