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post #1 of 4 Old 08-17-2015, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Sounds like a cold-backed horse and while I've certainly heard of them I've never had the misfortune of having to deal with one so I don't know if there is a solution.

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-18-2015, 05:24 AM
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Horses are just so accommodating aren't they?? Sounds like she's very likely in pain and trying to tell you this in the only way she can(well, it would have started with subtler signals, and if ignored, will likely progress to her having to 'shout' louder). Instead of getting annoyed, ignoring it & getting on anyway, I'd suggest you try to listen to & be more considerate of her, and stay off her back (& maybe the saddle's the problem) until the problem has been found/resolved.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-19-2015, 03:42 PM
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Would be thinking the saddle doesn't fit right. Photos would help.

Also, have her teeth been done?

And are you a good rider with steady hands and seat?

Video of this horse, would help greatly.
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