Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Taipuha, Northland, New Zealand
• Horses: 0
Sounds like you just need to work on having him stand still! If you've asked him to stand and he moves off the spot, gently ask him back to the same spot and give him a rub, do this a few times and he'll soon figure it out that staying stopped is a good place for him. WHen you mount, I forgot to mention, get him to spread his forelegs by gripping the saddle horn (facing his ribs) and push it away and towards you until he moves his forefeet, this is better for him as he can control his balance as your weight comes onto one side of him, practise mounting until it's fluid and you kiss the saddle with your butt like a buttefly, not a sack of spuds, if you need to improve your fitness to do this, then put the hard yards in! :) I'm fortunate to count one of NZ's top horseman as a friend and I remember discussing people's mounting issues once and he said "If yer not fit enough to get in the saddle from the ground, yer aint fit enough to ride" obviously not including those with physical disabilities. DO the work and do it every day that you can and you'll get there!
Horsemanship begins before you pick up the halter