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    03-14-2010, 08:22 PM
Having a bad day!!!!!

Well now my bolting problem has tuned into a mounting and bolting problem? Why is my 11 yr old mare acting like a 2 yr old? Today I tried many times unsuccesfully to mount up and everytime I put my foot into the stirup she moves in a different direction away from me? I finnally managed to get up on her and she was fine what is all this about? ?? My horse has been perfectly fine over the last little while and had know isues its like all her training has been reversed and she is a baby again? Has anyone had this happen to them?
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    03-15-2010, 01:07 PM
My mare used to move while mounting.
Your mare might of been really hyper that day... was it windy out? Cold? If she continues to move when mounting try backing her up. As you lift your foot to mount & she moves.. turn around & back her up a few steps. Let her know that if she wants to move YOU will MAKE her move. Eventually she should just give up & stand there because she'll know that if she moves your going to make her work even more.
Give it a try. It might or it might not work. Depends on the horse.
    03-15-2010, 04:21 PM
Well, first of all, you should rule out any pain around the girth area. Also, a lot of people don't realize that they way they get on the horse, actually really hurts the horse. The horse may not have moved before, but now she could just be getting sick of it and is moving now, if it hurts that is. So try checking her girth to make sure it's not pinching anything, if it is, aways remember to walk her a few steps to get that extra skin stretched out. If that's not it, check how you are mounting. Are you standing a ways away from her and than pulling to get on? Are you bouncing in the saddle as you sit? How you should mount is stand as close to the saddle as possible, and jump with the leg that is on the ground, try real hard to not even pull the saddle what so ever as you mount, and sit down real easy. I'm sure you know this already, but I figured I'd say it anyways. If none of those is the case, than she's being a butthead. What I did for my aunts gelding who did that was everytime he moved I'd get off and make him circle around me, but in a tight circle. I'd just take the reins and swish them by his right hind end and then the left. Keep doing this until she doesn't move when you get on her. I hope this helps, and good luck with that because I sure as hell hated it too!
    03-16-2010, 01:55 PM
Green Broke
I agree with Pechos. The other thing, how well of a horseman are you? If you got your foot in the stirrup and stood up, can you hold on to a horse if you pulled his/her face toward you while he/she is moving? The reason I say this is the animal can not go forward while you are trying to get on. The animal can only turn into you. But as he/she is moving into you, you stay standing up on the stirrup and hold that rein until he/she stops moving. Then get back down and do it again. I would keep getting up, getting down until the animal stopped moving. Like a one rein stop. Do not let go of her/his face until they stop moving. That is the reward. Release. I hope this makes sense. Its sounds better in my head. Not so easy to type it. Good luck. Be patient.
    03-16-2010, 02:00 PM
Yes, I also agree with you mbender. That is a really good idea the you have mentioned. I like when you say how it sounds better in your head because that's exactly how I feel when I try to type something I'm thinking lol.
    03-16-2010, 02:05 PM
It's spring, people on lots of forums are talking about their mares suddenly becoming obnoxious. It does sound like there might be some things you need to work on with her, but don't forget the role hormones might be playing right now.
    03-16-2010, 02:05 PM
Green Broke
Sucks when you can't really show someone what you are thinking. If I can visualize something then I try to type it down, except the other person might not understand my vision. Or like I asked, depends on the level the person is with horses. Experience. You know???
    03-16-2010, 02:53 PM
Mbender: Yea I know what you mean. It DOES suck!

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