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post #1 of 25 Old 11-24-2011, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting block anxienty

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.

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post #2 of 25 Old 11-24-2011, 10:02 PM
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You make him stand at the mounting block. Stock still. No moving on at this point until the horse stands at the mounting block where you want him to be. If he moves, move him back to where you want him and make him stand. You may have to take some time doing this but don't move ahead until he stands there. Stock still. Then when he obediently stands there, put a foot in the stirrup, if he moves, remove your foot & go back & make him stand. You move through the whole process right back to where you want him to stand & make sure he stands there. At anytime he moves, go back & make him stand where you originally positioned him.
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I cheated.

I would give him a carrot right at the block. Then I would mount while he chewed...then make him stand a moment before walking on.

I don't know if that will work for any horse or not. It's certainly not a correct training method but it worked for me. He actually learned that when we got to the block he would get a treat. Now he doesn't get one every time but he still gets them quite often because I'm a sucker for those big brown eyes.... and that spoiled rotten fuzzy face....

Might work for you... no promises though... And not the correct training method....

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I cheated.

I would give him a carrot right at the block. Then I would mount while he chewed...then make him stand a moment before walking on.

I don't know if that will work for any horse or not. It's certainly not a correct training method but it worked for me. He actually learned that when we got to the block he would get a treat. Now he doesn't get one every time but he still gets them quite often because I'm a sucker for those big brown eyes.... and that spoiled rotten fuzzy face....

Might work for you... no promises though... And not the correct training method....

I would if I didn't use a bit on him. That's too rough on his teeth (and on my new happy mouth bit!) Haha but thanks anyways.


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I kind of did the cheating thing, too. Stood at the block, patting and scratching her butt. Then, after mounting and if she stood still, she got a horse cookie. Granted, she learned to expect it and turned her head around to help me reach her, but that is still a huge improvement over the dancing and prancing.
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I wish I could use the treat/reward idea. But the with the bit it's just too rough on his mouth. :( Any other ideas?


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post #7 of 25 Old 11-24-2011, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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You make him stand at the mounting block. Stock still. No moving on at this point until the horse stands at the mounting block where you want him to be. If he moves, move him back to where you want him and make him stand. You may have to take some time doing this but don't move ahead until he stands there. Stock still. Then when he obediently stands there, put a foot in the stirrup, if he moves, remove your foot & go back & make him stand. You move through the whole process right back to where you want him to stand & make sure he stands there. At anytime he moves, go back & make him stand where you originally positioned him.
I will definitely give that a try. I used to position him, then if he moved again i'd move the block to where he was.
But I don't think that's teaching him much.. right?


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I'm no expert, so this is just my two cents and what worked for me:) Bring him up to the block, then you get up on the block, if he's standing nicely give him lots of love and positive reinforcement...if he moves away, immediately get down and lunge him at a trot until AFTER he wants to stop. Take him back to the block and try again. The moment he moves away lunge him again. I did this bareback the first time and once he was standing nicely I got on him and made him stand there patiently, then I asked him to walk a few paces, then I dismounted and repeated the process. It worked for me, very quickly actually, hope it helps:)
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I'm no expert, so this is just my two cents and what worked for me:) Bring him up to the block, then you get up on the block, if he's standing nicely give him lots of love and positive reinforcement...if he moves away, immediately get down and lunge him at a trot until AFTER he wants to stop. Take him back to the block and try again. The moment he moves away lunge him again. I did this bareback the first time and once he was standing nicely I got on him and made him stand there patiently, then I asked him to walk a few paces, then I dismounted and repeated the process. It worked for me, very quickly actually, hope it helps:)

I tried a little bit of lunging yesterday. We tried for 15 mins or so, then I lunged him to try to release some energy. It just made him more hyped up. But I will give it a shot. I've only had him for a couple weeks, so hopefully he will learn to trust me more in the saddle soon. Now our connection is pretty limited to the ground.


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I wish I could use the treat/reward idea. But the with the bit it's just too rough on his mouth. :( Any other ideas?
I'm not understanding this?? Why is a bit to rough in his mouth?? If he can't at a treat with it in then isn't it to rough to work with?

As to the standing still, I'm having the same issue, and it's become an issue, so I'm watching the thread for tips
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