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post #11 of 15 Old 09-13-2010, 08:41 PM
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Also, try mounting with a block or lengthen the stirrup. I just discovered that although my mare is not sore when I am on her, I was causing her pain AS I MOUNTED. She didn't mind once I was up there, but getting on was not a happy place. However, when my son boosted me up and there was absolutely no pulling on her withers (bareback), she stood stock still and didn't batt an ear.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-13-2010, 10:16 PM
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Oh oh! I know this one! My mare used to do this. Here's how I fixed it. EVERY time she would turn her head with attitude (ears back, mouth open etc) I would QUICKLY back her and far. Then try again. If she stood nicely, all was well. If she even hinted that she was going to cop and attitude, back, back BACK. Use a crop to her chest if I had to to get her moving fast. She doesn't do it anymore.
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-13-2010, 11:12 PM
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I think NorthernMama hit the nail on the head, so to speak. If you are pulling excessively on this horse when you mount, it is uncomfortable, and that is why he is biting at you. I would also have his saddle checked for fit. I saw where you had it custom built for him, but if he has gained or lost weight since he was measured, that will alter the way the saddle fits him.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-13-2010, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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I already use a mounting block, because I know I'm not a graceful mounter. I am with a block, it's just the jumping I have issues with. :/

Thanks for the advice guys ^^
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-14-2010, 01:52 AM
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You'll want to make his time being ridden fun for him. If it's not a pain issue when being mounted/saddle not fitting, he's "just not that into you" for the riding part.

You'll need to find out why he's doing it, in order to properly cure it.
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