Originally Posted by harryhoudini
What do you do? I was actually going to make a post about this myself, so I'm glad we're talking about it. My horse works fine on the "moving my feet while someone is mounting from the ground = WORK", but we're trying to introduce the mounting block, as I want him to be comfortable with all methods of mounting, and he will just not come close the block. He must have had a bad experience with it, because in his mind block = evil. Any suggestions? PS - the mounting block is not moveable :( Should I try a stool that I could use in a different part of the arena?
Thanks in advance!
Sorry I didn't respond sooner!
When it comes to introducing a horse to mounting blocks walk him up closest to where he is comfortable, then circle him around or near it, watch for him to calm down, and stop him near the block. Keep doing this until he is comfortable stopping right next to the block.
Then walk up to the block, and if he won't follow you, let him circle around and wait until he is relaxing, then ask him to walk up to you and the block.
Work in a open area. So you may have to use a stool, or something that looks similar in his eyes, to a mounting block.