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    11-02-2010, 10:07 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question Backing up while mounting

I've had Dancer for about 2 months now and he's always been pretty good about mounting. When I first got him he would get nervous when I mounted so we did tons of exercises to help that and it did and the most he would do is immediately walk off when I got on him, which we worked on and he stopped. However, starting last week, he starts to back up whenever I put my foot in the stirrup. I'm getting frustrated and I don't know what to do. I've tried to make him back up as sort of reverse psychology. I then tried getting him to brace he rear feet. I've tried turning his hindquarters. I tried lunging him and getting him to listen to me. So far nothing as worked. I've resorted to backing him into a corner made with the gate and fence. I have a lesson with my trainer on Friday but was wondering if you guys had any suggestions.
     
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    11-02-2010, 10:19 PM
  #2
Trained
Once I rule out any possible saddle fit or back pain, I just keep backing them.

I lead them up quietly, and go to get on. The second they take a step back, I get down and send them back. Fast. I will go around the entire arena if I have to. When they look like they want to stop, Ill back them some more until I can tell that they've 'given up'. I keep it as stress free as I can, but I make him realize how NOT fun backing is. Just backing a few steps doesn't work.

Then I ask them to stand quietly and calmly and try again. If they start to do it again, I just repeat.

This has worked for me. Putting them in a corner will work, but I feel like it doesn't actually fix anything.

Are you mounting from a block or the ground?
     
    11-02-2010, 10:22 PM
  #3
Weanling
He does it when I'm mounting from the ground or block. I mainly use a block, though. His saddle fits well and I'm pretty sure his back isn't painful. I really think he's testing me.
     
    11-03-2010, 05:03 AM
  #4
Green Broke
My horse did that, because he was taught to go backwards when something bad happened (wasn't my doing)
I would make in walk forward, and make him stand still, I also had my whip in the hand closest to his bum and if he went to walk I would give a slight tap.

He doesn't back up anymore, if he does it's only a step, before he was nearly running back.

Hope I helped through my rambling :)
     
    11-03-2010, 07:54 AM
  #5
Started
Yep! Agreed with the others - rule out pain, and then just back him up. Scout used to do this as well. I actually just let him back himself up... when he quit, I got on. He learned pretty quickly that backing himself up was just more work that he didn't really have to do.

One thing to consider - how are you holding your reins when you mount? Some horses will back up if you have contact with their mouths as you prepare to swing aboard. I would hold them short enough to be immediately useful if necessary, but with a little slack so that the horse doesn't misinterpret you. Think slack like the "drape" in a power line between two phone poles - not much, but there.

Good luck!
     
    11-03-2010, 03:01 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks everyone.

Scout- I learned that when I first got him that I needed to have the reins really slack or else he backed up. I have them in my hand but they are extremely slack and I mainly hold on to his mane when mounting.
     
    11-05-2010, 04:21 PM
  #7
Weanling
**Update*** I had a lesson today and I was right about my suspicions. Dancer is definitely testing me. My problem is that I'm being too nice and basically a push over. My trainer gave me lots of tips and we worked on it quite a bit. Hopefully we'll make some progress and he'll quit being a butthead about it.
     
    11-05-2010, 09:54 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
I like the way you are able to percieve yourself and how you fit into the problem. Lots of people would never be able to see that. Hope it going well. I learned something by reading the responses to your post. I have never had this problem but I wann be prepared if I ever do.
     
    11-05-2010, 09:57 PM
  #9
Weanling
Tinyliny - thanx...I work in a vet clinic and a lot of the behavior training we teach clients is basically human training so I kinda thought the same applied with me
     
    11-07-2010, 11:49 AM
  #10
Weanling
Backing didn't work for me. My farrier suggested I basically put her in a one rein stop as I mounted. First I brought her head around on the ground, telling her to whoa, flinging my arm over her back. Then I brought her to the mounting block, brought her head around and leaned into her. If she moved, then she got moved around a bit, then told to whoa. Then we'd go back to the mounting block and try it again. The whole time I'm telling her to whoa as I lean into her, throw myself over her back, etc. I did this both bareback and with a saddle on, putting a foot into the stirrup, then taking it back out again, expecting her to stand patiently.

Finally, I got up on her back, still with her head in the one rein stop position. I kept her flexed that way until I was settled and ready to go. Then I would let her relax for a second or two before allowing her to walk forward. If she moved before I signaled her to go, she got circled.

It took a day to train her to stand until I was ready to move. Now as I lead her to the mounting block, she turns her head on her own and waits patiently for me to get on and get settled.
     

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