Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hamburg Pennsylvania
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If you use a mounting block this might be difficult, but if you mount from the ground this would be perfect. the side you are mounting from bring that rein in until his nose is almost touching his shoulder, if he doesn't allow that and swings his rear around keep on him as best as possible. you might have to dance in circles for a while but just keep it up until he stands for you, and you might as well do it on the other side as well even if you aren't mounting him, its best to just do so cause horses have split brains so when your working with them you should do it on bothsides you never know when you might have to mount on the other side anyways. but untill he stands sill then slip your foot into the stirup and try to mount, if he goes forwards or backwards or sideways. try your best to mount him until your sitting in the saddle. you don't even have to slip your other foot into the stirrup, if he did move, get down and do the process all over again untill he gets the hint "oh i am suppose to stand still for this!"
now with catching your mare in the pasture, is it a possibility that she's so herd bound? i know i had that issue with an old mare i used to own. The only thing she relied on were her friends. it was a major pain, so i understand what your talking about. but i would recommend that when you have time or after your done riding and you let her out in the pasture, when you slip off her halter, leave the rope around the neck like a lope, so she can't run away and give her a treat and just rub her down and if she has a certain itch spot she likes go ahead and scratch it, but when you go and let the rop go turn away right away and start walking, dont stand there and face her, this will teach her that when your facing towards her she must come or stand still for you, if you walk away from her then that is saying to her "well if she doesn't need me then i'll go" now when going into catch her the next few times like later that day or the next day don't plan to ride unless she walks towards you or lets you catch her. but untill then go in with a pocket full of treats and no halter or lead rope. and see if you can get near her and if she allows you give her some treats and really fuss over her. then walk away, if she follows you to the fence then sure grab a halter and see if you can slip it over her head. but just make sure when you let her go when your done catching her, turn away before she does and walk away don't look back!!
hope this helped,
and hey have you ever thought about giving her a herbal suppliment for mares to calm them down a bit, its i think dried rasberry leaves. i'm not 100% sure. but you can give it to em like treats. they also work for geldings that act like little studs lol
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