My 8 yr.old mare is jumpy & tense when I saddle her and get on her.
I have an 8 year old mare that I have owned since she was born. She is well trained and has been used for a number of years as a cutting horse. She has a characteristic that is annoying and causes me to not want to ride her. This is the problem: When I put on the saddle she tenses up and becomes very jumpy. She will run and buck a little when I lunge her with the saddle on. After she calms down, I put in the bit and lunge her again with the same reaction. After she calms down, I get on her and she doesn't buck, but is very tense and jumpy. She basically has a hump in her back. After I slowly ride her around, backing and turning her she finally calms down and is very smooth, responsive horse to ride. I am tired of going through this process and would like some suggestions of how I can work through this with her.