Nice to see a thread with differing opinions but no bashing!
Perhaps my post came off a little harsh. I was not suggesting that you should force yourself on her like she is some sort of unsuspecting victim. But getting up there calmly and quietly is really the only way to show her that mounting is not a predescesor to something horrible when you get into the saddle.
Repetition, lots of it IMO. The first time she stands quietly for you, I would congratulate her, get off and end it there for the day.
Originally Posted by VelvetsAB
If she is an OTTB, I doubt she would be used to having someone climb up on a step to get on her. As far as she knows, the mounting block is a horse eating monster.
Great point Velvet, being mounted rather than legged up will be unfamiliar to her for a while.
Originally Posted by Tamibunny
YES.... Agree with Abbey, I used to be an exercise rider at a training track. I can almost gaurentee that your mare is only doing what she thinks you want. TB's in training are usually trotting down the isle in the shed row with the handler as the trainer thows the jockey up on their back, and away they go.
I respectfully disagree to this. I was an excercise rider too and yes, horses will be trotting or moving as you are legged up but the OP describes a horse that is BOLTING. I have never seen any jock or track rider mount a bolting horse. This sounds like a fearful horse to me, not one that is trying to do the right thing.
Originally Posted by Horse Poor
I think Velvet, Abbey and Tamibunny hit the nail on the head. First she needs to learn to stand quietly for mounting. If you have a couple of people willing to help, have one hold her while the other gives you a leg up. When you are finished riding, dismount at the block. Once you can mount with a leg up and she stands quietly for that, then you can begin mounting from the block doing the same as before, having someone hold her while you mount from the block until she gets it and stands quietly for you to mount without being held.
Having a couple of people to help is a great idea, safer for you and reassuring for your girl.