Just Want a Shoulder to Cry On// Mounting Horses
Today my youngster flung me off.
We've been having a lot of issues with mounting. Something has obviously happened in his past where something bad happened to him in this situation.
I've had a saddle recently fitted, and have even had the cheif vet of my practice to check his back as I panic so much about hurting my baby. He means everything to me.
We've slowly been getting there, sometimes it takes me 30 minutes to get on. I walk him up to the mounting block, wait for a few minutes. I climb up.. if he moves away we start again.. etc. just taking it really slowly.
Now he lets me get on, but he obviously has this anxiety pent up inside of him, that today, as soon as my bum hit the saddle he went CRAZY.
(He's really not that type of horse AT ALL, and I'm thinking that this is psychologically a very big thing for him, as I swear NOTHING else fazes him)
We were on the yard, and he galloped as soon as I got him. I had no reins or stirrups (if you hold his reins he moves) and as he dodged something I just popped off the side. I was expecting it, as I wasn't planning on staying on! It hit the floor hard. Landing straight on my coccyx on hard concrete wasn't fun. I've really hurt my back and neck too.
Anyway, enough of 'woe is me'! I've posted a thread for a shoulder to cry on basically.
Can I have some of your experiences regarding horses with mounting? How can I fix this big psychological problem for him?
We have a very strong bond, so this has really knocked my confidence with him, not as a rider.