Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
There are a few methods. Many people swear by the treat method, and it IS effective, although I don't personally like my horse swinging her head around to ask for a treat constantly. This one is rather obvious, simply mount and then offer her a treat for standing. Gradually they learn to ask for the treat instead of walking off.
My filly decided she didn't want to stand, so we simply worked on mounting and and the commands STAND and WHOA. She would take a step as soon as I put my foot in the stirrup, I would stop and back her up. Any time she moved from where I wanted her, I would stop the mount, put her back where she was, tell her to stand and begin the process all over again. Once we reached the point where she would stand for mounting, but began walking off before asked, I would flex her nose to my knee and let her spin. I would ask for a whoa and a stand, release the pressure and if she stood, she was rewarded with a pat and immediately asking her to move forward. If she chose to still move, we would immediately begin spinning again.
It didn't take long for her to realize it was a LOT more work then simply standing still until I asked her to move out. She occasionally forgets, but a few refresher courses and she's back to standing stock still for me to mount!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.