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post #1 of 9 Old 08-13-2008, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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How can I get her to stand still??

Sometimes when I'm mounting Jubilee, she walks away from me. Or the moment I get on, she takes off walking, instead of waiting for me to put my feet properly in the stirrups and take up the reins. I know she knows better because she does occasionally stand still. And she's just too well trained in dressage and English in general not to know better (not by me, lol). She's just being dorky.

How can I fix this and get her to respect me by standing still patiently??

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-14-2008, 12:02 AM
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Do you practice "stand." Square her up, position yourself to the side of her head, a couple of feet away and say, "stand." If she moves her head away, shake the rope and say "no, stand." If she moves her head towards you, twirl the rope at her a bit, and say, "no stand." Make her stand for a few minutes with her head in front of her chest, looking straight ahead. If she tries to walk forward, make her back up, then lead her forward again to the same spot. Do this for a few days with no tack, then make her do it with tack before riding. You might make her stand all tacked up for a minute (not too long), then praise her and lead her in a small circle. Repeat, then tell her to stand and mount.

Just some ideas based on Julie Goodnight's Lead Line Leadership.

Or better yet, ignore me, and read JG's q&a on the subject:
http://juliegoodnight.com/questionsNew.php?id=90
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-14-2008, 06:25 AM
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Usually this happens as you put your foot in the stirrup and he feels your weight. What I do is to dismount and back him up then stop and tell him to "stand" in a firm voice. I may have to do it several times but he eventually gets the message. When I am finally in the saddle I'll have him stand for a few moments or even a full minute before moving off. I may even back him up a step after I've mounted.

For a horse that has just started doing this or does it just sometimes, It may be the rider that is causing it. Typically it's because we move right off after mounting and the horse learns to anticipate it. I try never to move right off even on the trail if I have to dismount.

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-14-2008, 09:45 AM
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Iridehorses beat me to it and took the words right outta my mouth.

What he wrote was what I was going to suggest. Jubi is old enough to know better so I'm going to go with the thinking that she has begun to anticipate you taking off. She's trying so hard to please that she is starting without you! IMO it should be a quick fix thing for you. Jubi is such a sweetie I'm sure you can fix it with the advice you have been given.

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Iridehorses beat me to it and took the words right outta my mouth.

What he wrote was what I was going to suggest. Jubi is old enough to know better so I'm going to go with the thinking that she has begun to anticipate you taking off. She's trying so hard to please that she is starting without you! IMO it should be a quick fix thing for you. Jubi is such a sweetie I'm sure you can fix it with the advice you have been given.
Awww, Dumas, thank you. That was really sweet. Yes, she is a total sweetie. Thank you for the advice.

And thanks guys!!

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This was a topic awhile ago...I hope you find something that works for you...


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post #7 of 9 Old 08-15-2008, 01:57 AM
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I had this problem with Dixie...of course she's not a dressage horse

What I did was similar to Arrow with using the verbal command, "Stand". She would do more than just walk off while mounting though, she would do it whenever I had to fix something with her tack or cinching her up, etc. Everytime she moved forward, I would pull her head around, flex her, and tell her stand firmly. She already knew that she's supposed to stand still with this. She finally got the hang of it and she barely moves now. I've heard many things about backing them up whenever they won't stand still but that just didn't work with Dix, she would just walk on more.

It was so fustrating sometimes though because she wasn't moving around because of discomfort or fear, she was just doing it to do it.

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when my horse Ben used to do that, I would follow what Iridehorses would do, and after a couple times he doesnt move anymore. Well of course some days he still walks off when I am already on, but then I just stop him and back him up, then make him stand there for a second. I think that everyone should practice just having their horses stand in the arena not moving for a while. It teaches pacience and is a helpful thing to learn
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I don't know anything about your horse, but when I got my horse he had been a very well trained school horse, lol and did the same thing. ( because the students let him. Lol) So what I did and worked very well , even though he loves to work<If he tried to move while I was mounting him, I made him go into a trot right away while I was on the ground. If he tried to move as I was getting on then he had to work. Just 1 or 2 circles, but it made him think twice about moving while I was getting on. I also used the "stand" command and since he is only ridden by me now and he is no longer a school horse the consistency has definitely proved to work after only a few times. Now my boy knows what is expected of him at all times. (lol) I hope this isn't taken the wrong way towards school horses or students! That is not how I want it taken, Just that sometimes you need to make them work more if you want them to not work. I hope that makes sense.
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