Originally Posted by glitterhorse
How do you get your horse not spooked by that? Just doing it over and over lol till he gets okay with it?
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I would run up beside him and stop, keeping him on a short lead, and if he turned I would push his side and move him right back. When he was okay with the running, I'd just grab his back and start jumping up and down until he was okay with that, too. Then I tried to add it all together. The first few times he wanted to turn or walk away when I was still pulling myself up, and there were a few times when he sent me right over the other side of him, (thankfully landing on my feet. :)) but now he's perfectly fine with it. When I don't have school, I'll go see him at midnight and he'll just let me jump on and sit with him. ;) and the cartwheeling and backflipping? If you get him to let you stand on his back, then get him used to pressure on his hindquarters and you jumping behind him (BE CAREFUL!) then he'll let you do anything. This has actually come in handy. Now instead of just falling when he freaks out and tries to bolt away, I can flip off him and onto my feet and still have control. I taught him in the small corral, for safety reasons, and before I did any of this, I made sure he was okay with me touching him everywhere and walking all around him.