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post #1 of 5 Old 12-12-2009, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting Issues - Advice Please!

Hey all! I'm going to be working with one of my Barn Owner's horses, he's a big 6 year old Draft (most likely percheron) named Gallahad. He has some mounting issues, from what i've been told it takes 2 people to hold him and another person to vault onto his back when he doesn't notice. In my opinion this method is probably just scaring him even more. I've been just hanging out with him and getting to know him and already I can lean all over his back without anyone holding him and he doesn't move. But I would love some advice about how I should keep approaching this with out scaring him or setting him back any. Apparently when you're on him he's an angel and can be ridden bareback with a halter.

So advice please!! Thank you

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Repeat the process over and over, retreating everytime he gets nervous. Walk to his side and mess with the stirups, then retreat if he is nervous. Keep doing that untill he is comfortable you aren't doing anything evil. Then (assuming you have a mounting block) place the mounting block next to him, then take it away, and repeat untill he doesn't care. Next climb the mounting block, then get off (repeat) Put a foot in the stirrup (no weight) and then take it out (repeat). Next steps (retreat and repeat after each step untill he is comfortable) lean a bit of weight in the stirrup, next lean on the saddle, next slowly swing your leg over, next you are on!

He doesn't sound unruly, just unsure. By desensitizing him to the process he should relax and be okay with it after a while. If I'm wrong and he's not nervous, just being snotty, then go to mount with him hooked to a lunge line. If he moves, lunge him for a while. Then try again. The point of this is to teach him standing is less work then being forced to run when he moves away
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No he's definitely not snotty or bratty, he's just nervous

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There's lot's of good advice on the other two threads about mounting that were started in the last 4 or 5 days so you should read them.

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Repeat the process over and over, retreating everytime he gets nervous. Walk to his side and mess with the stirups, then retreat if he is nervous. Keep doing that untill he is comfortable you aren't doing anything evil. Then (assuming you have a mounting block) place the mounting block next to him, then take it away, and repeat untill he doesn't care. Next climb the mounting block, then get off (repeat) Put a foot in the stirrup (no weight) and then take it out (repeat). Next steps (retreat and repeat after each step untill he is comfortable) lean a bit of weight in the stirrup, next lean on the saddle, next slowly swing your leg over, next you are on!

He doesn't sound unruly, just unsure. By desensitizing him to the process he should relax and be okay with it after a while. If I'm wrong and he's not nervous, just being snotty, then go to mount with him hooked to a lunge line. If he moves, lunge him for a while. Then try again. The point of this is to teach him standing is less work then being forced to run when he moves away
I think this is really good advice here. Also doing ground work in general will get him trusting and listening to you more as well. Good luck, he's a gorgeous boy!!
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