220.127.116.11 | Message modified by user mustangmom 4/23/2012, 6:33 pm
Most likely the tree is too wide if the saddle is popping up in the back. Is this a different saddle than the one which rocked back and forth? A saddle which rocks back and forth does not fit either.
Like others have said, it could be a couple of different issues. We had a nearly identical situation with our former horse. Kind of funny because we started our "journey" with Red Eagle too! With our horse, it turned out to be several issues. After messing around for a year with chiro and saddle fitters and a vet, I finally took her in for a bone scan, x-Rays, and ultrasound. It was determined that she had an injured stifle and some arthritis in one hock. Now are those the issues which caused her initial issues (sore back, crow hopping, girthiness)? Or did these findings crop up later on during the year? Who knows? We did a few months of hand walking, anti-inflamatories, and then a follow-up ultrasound. Oh, and we did Adequan injections. She healed up fine, but we were still left with behavior issues (crow hopping and pitching a fit when asked to canter). We ended up sending her for evaluation and training with Northern Oaks Equine. They determined she needed to build up her top line and use her body better.....and she needed a stronger rider to get her behavior in check! We were hesitant to discipline her for bad behavior (under saddle) because we were always paranoid that the behavior could still be caused by pain.
Anyway, it took a few months, but with proper work and chiro/massage, we had a much better and happier horse.
Good luck. Sounds like you are on the right track!
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