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    03-13-2011, 10:53 PM
  #1
Foal
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When I try to get on to my saddle my horse allways moves away from me and she would do circle like I am telling her to lunge around me. She didn't use to do this once and a while she would but know its every time and I have to have someone hold her while I get on when someone holds her though she's perfect and doesn't try to move. I don't know what this is? She has been known to have a attitude and sometimes she doesn't care what I do and can be a big brat how do I fix this. I don't want to send her away I want to teach her to care so we can have a connection?? Please help its getting out of hand!!
     
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    03-14-2011, 01:30 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Well, what are YOU doing when she does this?

Chances are, you are encouraging her behavior because things like this usually are the rider's fault (unintentionally), with the horse just responding accordingly.

First thing, make sure your saddle is adjusted properly and fits her properly. If anything is pinching her or uncomfortable, the force you create when you try to get on could really be hurting, thus causing her to move to get away from it.

Are you kicking her in the side when you put your foot into the stirrup? You may be accidentally cueing her to walk if you are.

Make sure to hold your reins in one hand with the slack taken out of them when you are mounting so you have control if she does decide to start walking forward.

If she does take off when you get a foot into the stirrup, freeze EXACTLY how you are and pull back on the reins to stop her (this is why you have your reins ready to go in-hand). And then ask her to back up a few steps. Allow her to stand quietly after that. If she does so, finish mounting and allow her to stand and relax for about 10 seconds (at least), as standing quiety is her reward for correct behavior. If she does not want to stand still, then back her up again a few steps at least. Again, give her the opportunity to stand still. If she does, mount the rest of the way. If she doesn't, guess what? We're backing up again.

When you do get on, are you letting her walk off right away or do you make her stand for a few seconds? You should be making her stand for a few seconds or more whenever you mount, and do not let her walk off until you give her the cue to do so.

This issue has absolutely nothing to do with you and her "having a connection". It is about you taking the control and being the leader of your little herd of two. And to be aware of any and all cues you are sending her, either intentionally or unintentionally.
     
    03-14-2011, 03:39 AM
  #3
Showing
Beau, that is very good advice. Also, whenever I am getting on a horse that I even suspect might move, I always keep the inside rein shorter than the outside. When she goes to circle away from you, tighten that inside rein and make her work in little tiny circles right up there by you for a minute then try mounting again. Every time she moves, make her work in the circles. Soon, she will figure out that standing for mounting is much less work than acting like an idiot.
     
    03-14-2011, 11:39 AM
  #4
Yearling
[QUOTE=smrobs;961524]Beau, that is very good advice. Also, whenever I am getting on a horse that I even suspect might move, I always keep the inside rein shorter than the outside. When she goes to circle away from you, tighten that inside rein and make her work in little tiny circles right up there by you for a minute then try mounting again. Every time she moves, make her work in the circles. Soon, she will figure out that standing for mounting is much less work than acting like an idiot.[/QUOTE

I have used the very same approach for a horse who wouldn't stand still when a rider went to mount into the saddle. With the left/inside rein shorter when the horse steps away circling in a tight circle I did not remove my foot from that near-side/left side stirrup. In just a very short span of time that horse stood lke a "champ".
     
    03-14-2011, 12:33 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks and yah I realize now that I should wait after I get on and make sure she's listening to me and not just doing what she wants. I use to do circles when she wouldn't stand but she never caught on to that so I will try backing up and freezing thank you so much!!
     

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