Guesswhat? JayJay was a TOTALLY difference horse today!! I went dressed to just 'practice' STAND, so I was in shorts! ( thank goodness I keep my boots at the barn)
So, anyway, I saddled him up and practiced like last night...just standing by the stirrups saying STAND. He stood, I gave a little treat. Did that a few times...even tried it in various locations...he stood. Progressed to putting my foot in the stirrup...he stood! Decided to hop on...he stood!
this is all from the ground mind you, bc I was going to try the mounting block...which I did try later...after I took a tiny spin around the back field!!
. Heck, I was on, why not!!
So, I don't know if I had the saddle on too far forward yesterday, treats worked, or our little training session last night worked, or what, but there was absolutely zero spinning!!
. But I am relieved today went better!
Oh, and STAN, I used my authoritative teacher voice to say STAND, not my DW voice! Hahaha
Farmchic, actually I don't pick up the reins at all when I mount, they are laying on his neck right infront of my hand....he seems to move more when you do pick them up...who knows what took place where he was at....anyway, once I'm up he stands nice and quiet until I give a teeny tiny squeeze of my legs...gosh he is light on the legs...which is super nice. I also agree Farmchic, he does move his hindquarters over nice when I approach back there, that is why I practiced going back by his barrel and saying STAND.
. My thots exactly like yours.
We will practice again tomorrow!
Have a good day all! Off to battle the grocery store crowds....ICK! It's really hot here too!