Indiana 2 year old SSH ridden in snaffle and western saddle in pasture.

Question: I bought Misty from Kentucky, she is very gentle and loving, wants to be around you alot, and loves affction. But when you go to saddle her she freaks out, it takes alittle while to get her saddle. She has thrown me one time. She is a big baby until you get on her and then she is a differnt horse. Misty is gaited, ( this is my first time with a gaited Horse) I'm not sure how many gaits she has, this is all new to me and if you have any suggestions on any information i can get and read and learn about the gaited horse Please let me know where to start with her Misy is only 2. I want her to come into herself and to get what
I need to know about her. 
Thank you 
Shelly



From Panelist Liz

Hi Shelly, 
It is my opinion that your horse is to young to be started under saddle, not only because of physical reasons but mental. Also the right introduction to a saddle is good or bad by the person doing the saddling. Maybe going slower when the time is right. Maybe just putting on a sursingle is the way to start first. Be sure your are not tightening it to much to fast or to tight in the first place. Does the saddle fit the horse to. This can cause lots of big trouble.

Let her sit for another year and then start back slowly.
Liz



From Panelist Steve

Shelly,

Whenever I buy a 2 year old gaited horse from down south, I presume the horse has NO training at all. Rarely am I pleasantly surprised.

Start over. Assume nothing. Do everything as though it was for the first time. If you don't have the time or inclination, have a pro start her for you. The trainer does not have to be a gaited horse person. You won't be teaching gait for years. And you can't teach gait to a fractious horse.

Stephen B. Chasko



From Panelist Erica

Well, first of course you want to check saddle fit. Also check the bit and how it fits in her mouth. From what it sounds like to me, she is having some sort of pain and it is either created when she is ridden, or she relates it to when you ride her. I would have a vet out and an Equine Chiropractor to check her out. Obviously she is trying to tell you something isn't right by her reluctance to be saddled and accept a rider.

Next, I will say that as a two year old she is way to young to be being ridden in my opinion. Two year olds are far from mental, let alone physical maturity. 
Despite common thought, horses do not try to be difficult on purpose. If
they know the answer to something they will give it when asked. When a horse
is giving you problems, you need to seriously look at the possibility that
something is physically wrong/upsetting to him. Good luck!

Erica Frei

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