1. Make sure you're holding your reins - or at least one when you mount. Line your horse up to the mounting block, and ask it to stand quietly... then get down and lead it away (before it moves on it's own)... do the same process but put your foot in the stirrup, while the horse is still standing quietly, take your foot out and lead the pony away. Repeat... and get on.
NEVER get on the pony if it has already started to move. Stop, get off, put it back to the starting place and try again.
If pony starts moving after you're up... ask it to disengage the hindquarter (like a turn on the forehand) by using one rein and a leg to push JUST THE HIPS over (do not just let pony walk in a circle... that's not "hard" enough). This is tougher for the horse than just walking off, but still allows their feet to move (in case it's a tension issue). You never want to make a "tense" horse stop and stand still - it really raises the chances of an explosion.
Keep things calm, happy, and remember to praise for every LITTLE thing pony does right. This process might take less than an hour, or it might take weeks - it depends on how good you are at timing praise and giving release.
2. I wonder if this pony is used to being caught, ridden, and released? Try taking a chair out there, and sit in the paddock awhile. Horses are generally curious by nature - and will eventually approach - take a good book and enjoy the time outdoors.
When Pony approaches, give a pat (treat if you want... I try not to use food, others like to do it - it doesn't matter so long as Pony has "earned" it) and walk away. Do this a few times. What you're doing is interrupting the "program" the pony is using and starting a new one. Eventually, that Pony is going to come looking for the praise, and when you begin to walk away should start to follow you. Just add the halter at this point and you should be good to go. Remember to follow up by sometimes just going out to say "hi", or catching him just to groom or spend time with him, don't just always halter-ride-release.
Last edited by TheLastUnicorn; 07-21-2010 at 01:14 PM.