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post #1 of 7 Old 07-09-2009, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Help please

I went on vacation for a week last month, and I told my stable that they could use Remington in a couple of lessons. A rider went to get on him and he bolted and she came off and hit the wall. He does this with me also, but now I really need to get this problem taken care of. He stands very well when you get on, but as soon as you get onto his back, he bolts.
I don't know how to train him not to do this, I would be very greatful if you guys could give me some suggestions.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-09-2009, 10:37 PM
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What you need to do is start 'at the beginning' as far as getting on.

Go up to your mounting block, stop him, step up onto the block, step off, pat him and walk off. Repeat a few times.

Then go up to mounting block stop him, step up onto it, put foot in stirrup, step off, praise him, and walk off. Repeat a few times.

Then build up to walking up to mounting block, getting up on it, putting foot in stirrup, lifting yourself halfway on, getting down, praise. repeat several times.

What you are doing is slowly building up to getting on him...and teaching him to stand stock still through the whole doing it in tiny increments you are reducing any tension that he may be feeling. In doing it in small sections, you are also not helping him 'anticipate' when you are getting on, either...he will have to learn to wait for his rider. For a horse who has learned how to bolt, you may always have to incorporate some kind of exercise such as the above, to remind him to stay still, and not anticipate.

You can also put him to work, by keeping a halter and lead on him; but considering you said he bolts as soon as your butt hits the saddle, the longing tactic won't be as effective, I don't think, because this is generally used on horses who fidgit from the beginning.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-09-2009, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much, I will definitely try that. I think I know what part of the problem is. When I went to go see him before I bought him, the owner got on and rode him around, I noticed that when she got on from the ground, she bounced along the side of him 4 or 5 times and then leaped up and slammed into the saddle. I don't know if that will make this harder to correct.
Thanks again for your help.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-09-2009, 11:06 PM
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I have been having the opposite issue with my filly, she bolts when I am halfway off.
On your guy I would go back to the beginning. Bounce beside him, then one foot lightly in the stirrup and bounce - repeat other side. Progress on as he stands stock still and relaxed. Just as if he has never had a rider on him and you want to desensitize him before you actually commit to planting your butt in the saddle.
Next repeat your bouncing, then stand in the stirrup. Pat him. Step up and down. Repeat other side.
I don't know if you are using an English or western saddle, but you may want to use a western saddle for the week or so this will take.
I would also have him facing a fence with a fence not too far on your offside. Not too close, but enough to give you time to react. This is how I have been getting off of my filly lately.
Once he is stock still for the ground bouncing, one foot in stirrup bouncing, and standing in the stirrup patting him, then go for broke and swing up. If he bolts, do a one rein stop and make him disengage his hind-quarters. Make him figure out that you are going to make him do something harder in reaction to his bolting.
So you are going to play nice and slow, then if he still bolts - make it uncomfortable for him and make him move his feet. Make sure to make him stand for a couple of minutes once you are on him EVERY time you get on. Time yourself.
Good luck!

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-09-2009, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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I have been getting on next to a wall, but not in a corner for fear of him feeling trapped and making the problem worse.
Oh and I use an english saddle, my barn doesn't have a western saddle wide enough for him. Will these exercises still work if I have someone standing bye to hold on to him?

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-10-2009, 12:19 AM
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That should help. Something else to consider is when you get on. Just make him stand still for a minute or 2. If he starts to take off, I like to do a one rein stop. Then flex his head to each side while standing and maybe back up a couple of steps. He needs to learn that he is not allowed to go forward until you ask him to. Because this is a habit he learned from his old owner, it will probably be pretty hard to break him of. He may have never been taught to stand still for mounting and if that is the case, you have a pretty long road ahead of you. Good luck and I hope you find something that works.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-10-2009, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, thank you! I will try everything you guys suggested.
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