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    04-09-2011, 12:41 AM
  #11
Foal
I completely agree with ButtInTheDirt. The only way this can be solved, (just like anything else in the horse world) is TIME! You can't expect a horse to just learn something new the first time you try. And I probably won't be fixed in a week either. And by time, I mean hours, not minutes.

Here's my suggestion:

When ever you are around your horse, (hanging in pasture, grooming, whatever) just lean on your horse's back. Put your hand on his back and push down. Just get him used to that. Keep doing this.
Get the mounting block, and just stand there with him. Push down on his back a little, lean on him. Put your frontal half of your body over him if he's comfortable. Then put him back in the pasture. Don't rush it and try to mount him. After a few days of this, try and swing your leg over, but don't actually. Fake it a few times, lean on him, push on his back. Desensitize.
Then try to mount after a a week or so of this. Try to mount. If he still persists, then you havn't done enough work. It's not ever the horse's fault. If he lets you, just sit there for a while. Then get off. After a few days of this, then try to ride around at a walk.

If he still does not want you on his back siwht out a saddle, then get a pad. Unless you are riding bareback for less than 10 minutes then get pad. Riding bareback for a long time is painfull to the horse and you. The pad with have a girth on it, which might also help your horse. I've worked with horses that felt very insecure about being sat on without a girth on. So that might be your problem. But none the less, BUY A BAREBACK PAD. For the health of your horse.

I really hope that I helped you some! And remember, the only thing that fixes any horse problem is TIME! Good luck! <3
     
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    04-11-2011, 03:12 AM
  #12
Foal
I haven't read all the replies to this thread so someone might have said this but try it with out anyone holding your horse for you. Some horse are confused when you do this. If your horse is use to you mounting it without anyone holding the reins they aren't sure what the person to the side of them is doing. When I first got my mare I hadn't even rode her yet and my friend tried setting his kid on her back. She did not like this at all and scooted to the side everytime. This worried me because I had never mounted her myself and I was concerned what I got myself into. After a few days of her getting to no me, and taking all the other people out of the equation she stood perfectly still while I mounted her on my own and I did this bareback as well.
     
    04-11-2011, 08:52 PM
  #13
Started
I LOVE riding bareback. I try to do it as often as possible. Maybe what you should try to do is have someone hold him and just lay on him and have the person who is holding him give him treats or grain while you lay on him. While you are laying on him wiggle around. You may have to do this for like 3 days depending on how good he is. Once he is good then go slow and gentley and swing your leg over. Then see how he does!!! Hope this helps you!!! Good luck and have fun!! :)
     
    04-11-2011, 10:45 PM
  #14
Weanling
I agree with ButtinTheDirt too. When I ride bareback I don't mount the same way as in a saddle. I rest my body on his back then swing the leg over. You could also try a bareback pad as an inbetween. That way he will get used to the feel of you on his back, but still have the expectation that he is getting ready to be ridden.
     
    04-12-2011, 01:04 AM
  #15
Trained
I agree with the bareback pad as an inbetween. I need to buy myself one because my mare is exactly the same way: I would lovee to ride her bareback and take her swimming in the summer because her previous owner told me she will walk right into a lake to play. But she's almost 8 and has never been ridden bareback to my knowledge. She has no idea what I'm trying to do if I stand on a mounting block and add some pressure with my arms to her back.

I've been avoiding it, but I might just have to suck it up and buy a bareback pad. I did find a Mustang brand one for like $30 and it looked decent. Make sure you do not get one with stirrups. They're more trouble than they're worth.
     
    04-12-2011, 09:53 AM
  #16
Weanling
Amazon has some nice looking ones for pretty cheap too. And curios Poseidon, why don't you like to stirrups?
     
    04-12-2011, 11:58 AM
  #17
Trained
I personally haven't used a bareback pad with stirrups because I haven't used a bareback pad, but if you ask the majority of the forum, they're a no-no. They give a false sense of security as if you were in a saddle and since you're not, you can fall kind of any which way, making it much easier to get your foot caught.
     

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