My horse and I have been through some traumatic changes in the past. One included him colicing in a dressage barn in Southern California, that almost killed both of us. Since then I have moved across the country rehabbed him for a year and moved on again to go to school here in Washington. Where he has a wonderful, quiet barn, with out a insane work out schedule to give any one ulcers, he’s turned out all through the good weather, and up in a cozy stall for winter evenings. But in that experience he's developed some habits that I can't seem to work out, still. At this point he is turning 16 this year. He's been very well behaved in his youth and disipline only makes tacking him worse. I’ve had him since he was 3, and as a 3 year old he could stand to be tacked. Now he runs backwards when I tighten the girth, confined, not confined running into walls, ignoring him he runs backwards. The less attention I pay the quicker it’s over. Getting a peppermint, he still has his little emotional regression with his feet. I have tried numerous saddles, and yes he had a saddle in the past that did not fit, but we haven't ridden in it in years. I now ride mostly in a treeless baretech pad through the winter that is made mostly of wool, so there is no reason to run from it. It's not a pain issue, it's not even something that "training" has been able to address. He also tries to be a giraffe when bitting him. My thoughts on bitting are that he hates having his teeth touch the bit, but he evades, left right, straight up, what have you, and eventually those teeth will touch that metal bit. He’s better when the bit is warm. And now that I am not able to ride but once a week it’s getting worse. And I have pretty much lost my patience with this being the way he is and I am looking for a solution. In the past parallii has driven us both a bit bonkers, so I have been resistant, it’s not that he is new to being tacked up it has happened about 2x a week for most of his life with some exceptions. Then when I go to ride him he’s great, he’s lovely under saddle. He just hates putting on clothes. And I would like to get to the root of this to manage it more effectively. I was surfing through TTouch earlier, has anyone had an experience like this. The rest of my wonderful horse has come back in his spirit, he’s fit again, and he’s well. I don’t knock the crap out of him to put a bridle on and I don’t have the ability to not bridle him. He’s had his back and teeth checked. Any one have any suggestions for this. He also steps into me when putting the bridle on. It’s like these movements in his body are a repeat recording he goes back to in anxiety over the emotions that came with a bad training situation that we have left.