Hello all! I am a seasoned horse owner/trainer but first time forum poster. My question is in regards to my saddle mare.
Amelie is a 2003 gray AQHA mare. She is 16.1hh and currently 1300lbs. I have owned her her entire life after picking her out on the ranch where I worked at 2 weeks old. I am the nly one who has ridden her or trained her. She was my 5 year colt to Maturity Project in 4H and has done it ALL.
She is a spirited mare who loves to work and “go”. My issue with has been saddling her. As a 2yo, she was very smart and willing; always wanting to please. When she turned 3, I upgraded my saddle from a synthetic Big Horn to a Circle Y show saddle. This was the year she began protesting being saddled.
Several of her siblings (same sire different dam) have the tendency to be quite cinchy and pull back when being saddled. I just brushed it off as something I had to work around and made accommodations for her while saddling. I never tie her and tighten the cinch very slowly.
Through the years, she has become exponentially worse about pulling back. She seems to do it whenever she is tied and is faced with something she considers to be unpleasant. This has resulted in broken saddles, leads, tie rings, etc.
I used to love riding this mare but she has become so reactive that it is a fight to saddle her or even load her in a trailer.
I had my equine chiropractor out yesteady and she thinks that at least part of the problem was my saddle. I have been trying different saddles to no avail.
Any suggestions? I have used a belly rope, special tie rings and so much more. I am at my wits end and am hoping for some tips or input. I love this mare with all my heart and just want her to enjoy the ride.