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    10-06-2009, 10:55 AM
Horse moves when I mount

My 6 year old Paint has started the annoying habit of moving once I'm in the saddle. It takes me a moment to get my right foot in the stirrup and I really don't want him moving while I'm getting settled.

Ideas/suggestions? TIA.
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    10-06-2009, 11:06 AM
One thing I would suggest is that when you get astride, when he starts to walk off, back him up double the amount of steps he took forward. If he takes 2 steps, then back him 4, etc. One thing also is to work on your bending with stationary feet right when you get into the saddle. Don't allow him to move until you tell him to move and if he tries, then make him move in a direction that you want; i/e: backward. It will take a few days but whenever he stands without moving until you tell him, make sure to really praise.

Hope this works for you, it is how I teach all my young ones to stand until I am ready to go.
    10-06-2009, 02:35 PM
You don't need your right foot to control the horse. If you know he is going to walk off as your right leg comes up and over his back be prepared and correct him immediately and forget the sturrip for a minute. Correct him roughly with a firm NO and bump him with the bit. Once you are seated count to 10 praise him and squeeze him and walk off. This is every time you mount him, not just now.
    10-06-2009, 03:43 PM
I agree with what the other two people said... Except you should keep doing this until he stops moving. Like, get on and off and on and off as many times as it takes for him to stand still. A few days of doing this and he'll realize that it's much easier to just stand still.
    10-06-2009, 03:45 PM
My horse would do that. But I would grab the reins and pull back and make her wow.
So say wow and hold on to the reins.
    10-06-2009, 05:53 PM
Thanks folks. When I get home next week we'll be doing a lot of mounting.
    10-06-2009, 05:55 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
One thing also is to work on your bending with stationary feet right when you get into the saddle.
I'm not sure what you mean by bending with stationary feet.
    10-06-2009, 06:44 PM
I think she mean that instead of moving your leg forward/ backward when you lean to the right, try keeping your leg stationary, almost like you're lunging to the right. I know I move my legs backward when I bend down.
    10-06-2009, 08:42 PM
Ah okay. Thanks. I'll pay more attention to my legs when I bend over for the right stirrup.
    10-06-2009, 08:43 PM
Green Broke
I've corrected this in several horses by backing them. As soon as they take a step forward, I back them up several steps. Just do this every time and they get hint pretty quickly.

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