Originally Posted by horseloverd2
I've been training a horse that's almost the same way. She likes to move her butt away from the mounting block. At first I tried to walk her around the mounting block three times each time she did it. I got sick of it though since I shouldn't be the one having to do the work and it just irritated her.
I would make her do short (30-60 second lunges) every time she tried it. If she even moved her legs a little in the opposite way I would send her out and make her canter/trot in a tight circle, then bring her in. Tried mounting her again, if she moved her feet I would send her out again. I repeated this until she stood quietly for me to mount. It didn't take her long to figure out that standing was much easier.
I would do the same with this horse. When he moves, at all, send him out on the lunge line right after he does it. You may even want to keep a halter under the bridle and keep a lunge line or lead rope on hand. Make him work for a minute or so (hard) and bring him in. Do it until he stands nicely while you get on. It may take awhile but it's worth the effort and he will finally figure it out. When you do manage to get on, make him stand for a long time. I'd say 5 minutes, more or less. You actually may want to take a couple days and just do this. Mount, dismount, lunge, etc. for the whole lesson. Never let him get away with moving his feet, no matter how small the movement.
Best of luck, make sure to give us updates on his progress!
This. Provided you have done some groundwork with this horse and they know what you want. I would not try making this horse go back as the OP already said it will run backward and try to rear. I would be afraid of encouraging the upward motion. Personally, I like forward.
Mine is not allowed to move at all. It has taken time, and riding in a mecate, so that when I was mounting in the beginning, and he moved I had the longer line to grab. It is also important, if possible that you not move from where you are. If they are able to move your feet, they, to some extent have won.
If you are not fairly proficient at groundwork, I would suggest that may help as a good foundation, to get the horses respect.