This week, Florida was saddled for the first time since arriving. Our first two saddles went well & I thought things were going to continue in that direction to where she would be ready to ride this weekend, especially since she had (hopefully) been ridden in the past. On Thursday, Florida showed me that I spoke too soon & she's got some areas that need work with the saddle.
Florida showed she's not completely confident with the saddle as she had moments where she wanted to buck a bit or tuck her butt & get a bit rushed. I saw a bit more worry on her right side than on her left with popping the stirrups. There were a few times when she wanted to leave me when I would lift the right stirrup. I had also let her do a bit of mental soaking with the saddle at the hitching post while I worked other horses. When I went to begin her second session Thursday evening, she must have forgotten about the saddle & went into a pretty good bucking fit the first few steps away from the hitching post.