Always wanting food.
Wednesday night after work, I decided to try an experiment. I rode him bareback in the small ring with his bridle. It has been awhile since I have ridden him bareback and I haven't ever really asked for anything when I have ridden him bareback (it has mostly been on the trails when I can't handle being an adult).
He didn't think much of wearing the hat.
There was obviously quite a bit of tension, because it was something different but he didn't have anxiety sweating. We got some nice walk work at the end. And as an added bonus I got one hell of a leg work out. He is a really weird shape (or my legs no longer conform the way they did as a kid) and after my thighs, my legs don't really touch his sides. As a side note I did discover I can touch my toes together under his belly (did I mention I have freaking long legs?).
Anyway, I repeated the experiment with similar results last night. I have a lesson tonight with my favorite dressage judge, so I will see what she thinks about things. Overall, I am cautiously optimistic that it is the saddle and not EPM (please please please be the saddle). If it is the saddle it should be a relatively simple fix (minus the part where I have to get my saddle fitter to do something quickly). I shouldn't complain too much about her, but it is frustrating when you can't touch base easily.