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Horse will not stand still for saddling

16 August 2011 No Comment

Horse will not stand still for saddling
We asked horse training expert Dr. Ron Meredith.
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Question
From: Neuronockaol

My 15 yr old mare has decided she will not stand still for saddling. She walks up and back as far as the cross ties will allow. She has even begun to turn round a try to bite. How do I get her to stand still without physical abuse?

Answer
She may have a sore or a skin fungus that is making the saddle uncomfortable. Look in the girth area. If you are using a different saddle, it may not fit correctly. A good way to find any surface discomfort is to brush the saddle area with a stiff brush to see if she is flinching anywhere. Also look for places where the girth is rubbing or pinching. If you don’t find any physical reason for her worry, slow the saddling process down to a rate she is comfortable with. Watch her ears and as soon as she expresses discomfort stop the process and give her grooming love. When you have relaxation (head lowered) take up where you left off until she feels worried again and repeat the grooming process again. Every horse loves rhythm and relaxation. If you create R & R your horse will want you around under any circumstances.

Ron Meredith
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