Saddling up, he's still apprehensive about, but not a lot. However, when I cinch up he moves away from me. I don't over-tighten. I was using a rope cinch with metal buckles right against the skin, but switched to a felt cinch with buckles padded. Doesn't seem to make a difference. So does it hurt, or is it just a natural aversion to pressure?
Walking to the round pen my dogs were all hanging close because my sister is here and they like her. As I sent him through the gate my sister watched him get worried about all the dogs milling around, then he humped up as he made the turn through the gate, and he took off bucking. I just let him go and shut the gate and let him get it out of his system. My theory is still that the back cinch came into play and he didn't like it. Could he be like Tonka? EPSM? Hmmmm. He doesn't seem to have the right muscular shape for it, but what do I know. Maybe it just bothers him, which would be understandable at this level of training.
We used my Ricotti pad today instead of the usual Professional's Choice pad. The Ricotti has a gradually built up front. I wouldn't say either pad made a difference in the bucking.
Could it be because the saddle doesn't fit? Sure, could be. Although I don't think the fit is that bad. Could be all the noise this saddle makes. Still sounds like a squeaky brand new saddle. Could it be that this saddle is haunted? I surely do not know. But I do know that Tonka had the same issues with this saddle. Scout and Bella have never complained though.
Time to fit a different saddle with a back cinch and see what he does about it.
Anyway. He's handsome. And he's a good, good boy. And I cannot wait to get past this and really ride him!
Backing up from just the wiggle of a finger:
Eyeballing the photographer with an ear on me. :)
I'm off to go play again before the darkness comes. Eww, speaking of darkness - I'm dreading "falling back" this weekend. I'll have no daylight left for my horse on the days I work. I hope the next several months just fly on by!