We are somewhat on the same page RiosDad. I completely agree that movement as punishment is somewhat bassackwards. I mean, I want my horses to enjoy movement as well as enjoy standing still. So why would I use moving the feet as punishment? In my opinion, leadership is controlling the feet, not just moving them. Any type of anticipation is showing signs of anxiety and trying to make the decisions on their own, with the rider simply as a passenger, or avoiding the rider completely. This is the problem that should be addressed, not just the fact that the horse is moving while being mounted. The horse in the video was learning to be obedient to stand while mounting, but only to avoid being chased, not because the horse wanted to be ridden. There are many physical and mental issues with that horse that I would work on before attempting to add the compromising weight of the rider. Every step I take with a horse results in complete relaxation and accepting (or as said in previous post "the tension drained out") before I move on. This would include the state of the horse before I got on his back. Not just standing still, but relaxation and acceptance.
Now, where with I disagree with RiosDad is something that has been a personal battle of mine for a long time. I work primarily with problem horses. I started here because of the acquired ability to react quickly and accurately to get the horse to do as I wished. The problem that I ran into was that people I was helping couldn't get it to click. This is why I turned to overtraining the horse to help train the people. Horses are so much easier to teach than people. I may have said that wrong. I don't disagree that all people should have the skill to mount a horse without a mounting block while applying pressure equally on the saddle, but I do think that the horse truly trained in mounting should not require that much skill of the rider. Yes, in an ideal world, people would take that responsibility to learn about the horse enough to respect its biomechanics and make the mounting experience pleasant and consistent. However, what we encounter is far from that in the horse world.
There are so many things that contribute to a horse being ready for mounting. I also make it my responsibility to be the best possible rider if I expect the horse to perform to its maximum potential. Unless I just want to sit up there still forever, I don't see using movement as punishment logical. That movement should feel good to the horse, not nerveracking punishment. JMO.