I prefer to not rely on my hands as much as possible. I prefer the sit back "whoa" and if all else fails use the hands. Again I have been using a bitless bridle up until today. I started their training by teaching them to ground tie and to stand stopped at a "whoa" while I walked away, even out of sight. All with just a rope halter and lead rope not with a bit. I then started to work with them with a mounting block. Excepting the block and me climbing up on it. This all before I ever got on their back (they were 2 when I started this)
When I finally started the actual saddle training, one filly wanted to walk off when I tried to mount. I spent many hours going back to her ground tie and whoa training. Still she wanted to walk out.
I saw the above video, tried it 2-3 times, she now stands for mounting and will stand till I give the cue to go forward.
Again I have no problem how you do it, I was just making the statement that it worked for me.
I am not a graceful mounter, I need a horse who will stand for me to get up however I do it. Lets face it the majority of horse owners today are middle-aged women. If you want to market a horse to them, the horse has to stand for mounting even if you have crawl up there and flop down like a dead heifer. I believe a well trained horse should stand still no matter if your graceful about it or not.
ETA- I want to add that I also kick my mare in the rump once in awhile when I mount up. Just so she isn't like so many horses who freak out when a small child or elderly person (my mother in law or young niece) gets on. I've seen cowboy horses bolt when a greenie gets on and accidental kicks them. To me this isn't a well broke horse.
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Last edited by Vidaloco; 07-27-2009 at 09:50 PM.