Originally Posted by prolandsurveyor View Post
Ah ok...I will try that....its starting to get on my nerves.
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Angry or scared? It SHOULD bother you. A friend (on another forum) told me that she and friends used to mount their horses (as kids) like this until one of them tumbled when the horse moved off and broke a rib.
Perhaps he is nervous about mounting. I used to check my saddles before lessons (when I taught), by grabbing the candle and pommel, then hanging. If it was loose, it would shift too much. Try this to see if he has a fright issue. It's easy to let go, and he won't walk off with your foot in the stirrup which makes you VERY vulnerable no matter what saddle you use.
If the advice posted above does not work--thought I hope my advice is redundant--you may have to go back a step in his training and demand that he stand still. If so, and you if you don't use a mounting block borrow one and use it ONLY bc it is specific to mounting and your horse will recognize that you are working on his mounting to saddle manners.
Walk him to the mounting block instead of moving it to HIM, and demand that he stand there while you climb the steps. Hold the reins and smack your mounting stirrup. Also, take the saddle and move it. Then, mount quickly and don't be gentle about it bc he needs to know that you the leader and NOT a predator trying to skulkily jump on his back. There is the difference between mounting a horse that needs training and a finished one. On the finished horse I try not to irritate him/her and I mount such a horse as quietly as possible.
Some folks think that you should move off quickly after that, but I respectfully disagree. I have been filling in the gaps on my big guy (in the Avatar) and he has some nervousness about mounting AFTER being tied up for awhile. (Horses are just a bag of nerves, ha know--go figure this one. THIS one was a "retread", and I haven't a clue as to why his nerves get to him. Once you get past the mounting problem he is very light to his cues, including neck reining which DH taught him to do last summer.) ANYWAY, I do above, then mount and soothe, but sit for several minutes. I have found that when DH I work together with him, I do about 5 minutes of pre-mounting lunging, primarily waving/slapping my arm like you use a whip while holding the reins, both sides, and get his edge off. As of yesterday, when I cue to walk him with my legs AFTER mounting, it's currently upsetting, so I use the words, "walk on", which I taught him on the ground. Also, my DH walks away at the same time and he follows, then when walk for 5-10 minutes--session done. Following the human helps a LOT. I have to translate that to the term "walk on" by itself, then I'll add the leg cue. If it seems like much ado about nothing, take ballroom dance sometime. It is MUCH harder to do than you'd think! LOL Hope this helps you, or someone else. =D