My new thoroughbred and I have recently discovered something new about each other.
He is anxious with a mounting block, and will NOT stand still for the life of him. Either he'll run in circles, back up, or step to the side. Making it next to impossible for me to mount him.
I don't know what his deal is, he's generally a very relaxed horse. And we have an amazing connection on the ground (he follows me around like a puppy)
We spent an hour yesterday. Me petting him on the mounting block, getting him used to me being there. And as soon as I think he's calm.... foot in the stirrup, and he moves again.
He's a 17hh horse... it is next to impossible for me to get on him without a block of some sort.
I CAN get on him while he's doing this, I just want to fix this problem before it becomes any worse.
That, and it just starts the ride on the bad foot.
The mounting block needs to be a more pleasant place for him to be.
Help? Any ideas are appriciated.