So I've started to get my three year old filly used to being saddled. Currently with just a roller but she has had a pony saddle on her twice now (without stirrups attached.)
However, she has started to become quite girthy. Every time I do her girth up I take my time and go up one hole at a time, ensure she's comfortable with it and then go up again. Within the past two girthing attempts she has started to "nip" she doesn't land them and always gets a firm warning which usually stops the behaviour until I go up another hole.
I was wondering if there's a way to combat this?
In case it's a fitting issue I have a saddler coming out in two days who will assess her and hopefully give me some advice on girths too. She's currently in a humane girth and I've been wondering if I've been over tightening the saddle but then I have to do the saddle up "tight" as it did start to slip previously...
Any advice or experiences with girthy horses would be appreciated and if there's another factor I might have missed other than the fit and the speed then do please highlight those too!