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Yes, I am ABSOLUTELY SURE he is not lame. :)

So Rebel has been cinch and mounting sour since we bought him. The lady who had him before us was not exactly lightweight and would just cinch him up so tight and so fast that he gets ****y whenever I do it now, even though I'm going slow. And when I mount he likes to walk off and pin his ears.

So what I've been doing is taking the cinch and holding it against his belly, and when he pins his ears I hold that pressure until he relaxes, and when he does I let the cinch fall and praise him for it. Then I do it again and repeat the process until he isn't pinning his ears anymore. I do this everytime I ride. Good technique or bad technique? I watching it on an episode of Julie Goodnight :D

And for mounting I use the same basic idea. I put my foot in the stirrup and just sort of hop with him and make him stop, holding the reins. And when he relaxes I take my foot out of the stirrup and give him a scratch under the neck. Good technique or bad technique? That wasn't on Julie Goodnight, I just sort of guessed it myself. :)
 

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I suppose they can go either way, good or bad. I personally cinch him up first then walk him around and do it again. If he wants to pin his ears back I could care less but once it gets dangerous then I take charge.

I like my horse to stand still when I'm mounting so what I do is I put my foot in the stirrup i'll start to act like I'm getting on and if he moves his feet then I will make him move his feet and I will pull the rein and make him walk in a circle (with my foot in the stirrup still) until he realizes that it's easier to stand still. I'm horrible at explaining.
 

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You're going about it the same way I would: approach with what he doesn't like, and retreat when he relaxes and accepts. He'll learn that relaxation brings release. My guy came to me pretty girthy, and within very few rides he girths like a pro, no sour faces.

Incidentally, you mentioned the previous owner's girthing/mounting technique... perhaps he's really sore somewhere, not just anticipating a fast jerk on the cinch? It might be worth it to have a chiro/massage specialist out to make sure that his back isn't bothering him from poor saddling/mounting over time. You might double-check his saddle fit as well. If it's too tight it may be causing him to walk forward, be grumpy, etc.

Good luck! :D
 
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