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    07-23-2011, 07:31 PM
Horse wont stand when mounting

Hey Everyone-
I have a quarter horse mare who has developed the habit of moving and trying to walk when I mount. I have tried different things like; making her back-up when she tries to move, or walking her in a circle. I have also tried putting some weight in one stirrup but not mounting until she is still...any other tips I could try? She even tried to walk off when I was dismounting last week so I want to fix this before it gets worse. She is kind of responding to these things Im trying, but not fully..she still tries lol.
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    07-23-2011, 08:33 PM
Hmm, Tinyliny made a good video about what to do for this. *Runs to dig up thread*
    07-23-2011, 08:36 PM
Ahh yes, here we are:

I believe it's more directed at people whose horses sidestep away, but the method is the same. Keep the rein closest to you shorter, so you bend their neck towards you, and use the crop method if the horse sidesteps. Make him stand when you mount up, and if he walks off, back him up.
    07-23-2011, 08:42 PM
Mine did the same thing! I refuse to get on him when he does it. He soon learnt he can go quicker if he stands still. Good luck! :-D
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    07-23-2011, 08:51 PM
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Don't tell ANYONE I told you this because they will scream and yell at me for giving you bad advice. Ok, maybe not BAD advice, but incorrect advice.

I was having this issue so I started giving him a treat right at mounting time. It took about a week but he stands still for me to mount now and I don't have to have a treat anymore...

Ok... remember, Don't tell ANYONE I told you this because it's bad training advice!
    07-23-2011, 10:17 PM
Farmpony that's terrible advice.

I joke, if it works it works I suppose.

Also, with the backing up, it's important to slack the reins and attempt to stand still again afterwards. If they won't stand still, backup again and attempt to standstill afterwards, again.

Whatever it takes you need to get an indefinite standstill. A good way of getting it is if horse goes left, you go right, horse goes forward, you go back and vice versa.
    07-23-2011, 10:23 PM
Did your horse always do this or is it a new thing? If it's new then you might want to check and see if her back is sore (either muscular or locked up). I have had a couple of horse do this all of a sudden...both had back issues that where un-detected. A few rounds of massage theripy and ciro and they all stood fine to mount.

Now it could be a training issue...but it could also be pain.
    07-23-2011, 10:25 PM
My horses have done this in the past. Usually if I give them about a week off they back up while I am trying to mount. I usually back them up then bring them back to the block. Sometimes it takes a couple times backing up before it works. But backing up didn't work with my mare once so I brought her to the block and just jump on before she could back up and she eventually figured out that backing up does NOT get her out of working/riding. I know that might not be 'good' training advice lol but it worked for my mare
    07-24-2011, 01:02 AM
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PS I use treats at mounting block all the time. Shhhhhh, don't tell.
    07-24-2011, 01:35 AM
I faced mine into a wall or better yet a corner.

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