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post #1 of 16 Old 06-09-2010, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting Issues - Help!!

My horse from time to time has really frustrating problems standing still when trying to mount. Just as soon as your foot touches the first step of the mounting block he backs one step and swings his butt away. We worked it out once before by having someone hold him. He did fine for awhile and now he is back to being a real pain. I try to mount him in an area of the arena where he will back up into something to discourage him from going backwards or moving away. He is 8, he knows the drill....maybe he is just pushing my buttons!!
In his defense my trainer said once when I first got him that she thought he was taught to "walk on" when you get one foot in the stirrup by a guy that rode him on trails only and mounted him from the ground. He is 16.2, that is not going to happen for me. He does this more for me than the trainer or her help but he still does it to them sometimes. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-09-2010, 02:20 PM
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This would be very frustrating. I would practice from the ground getting him to stand next to the mounting block. If he moves off I would have him back several feet and make him stand again. Walk him again to mounting block and continue this until he stands even for a couple of seconds. Reward him by doing something else for a few minutes. Once you get him to allow you to mount practice mounting and dismounting without doing any work. He may be associating the mounting block with work time therefore saying "No, I'd rather not today". I would also encourage you to teach him how to flex if you havent already. I taught this to my mare when I first got her under saddle. Now I say head please and she flexes to my mounting side and watches me mount. She seldom ever tries to walk off now. Hope this helps and good luck!
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I'm one of those terrible people who bribes my horse to stand still. Not for everyone but nothing else was working as consistently. My boy is a food hound.
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Re-inforce standing. Once he moves back him up quite a bit and re inforce the word "stand" and repeat eventually your hose will get the idea that if he just stands still we all will get along just fine
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Thanks for your advice- doesn't sound difficult, just requires patience. I will certainly give it a go. I know he knows how to stand so it apparently is a choice on his part not to cooperate. I overthought this with my trainer and asked if maybe mounting hurt is back, checked the tack thoroughly, etc etc. Thanks!
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What my aunt does everytime before mounting her gelding, is circle him around her. Getting his hindquarters engaged and moving away from her. He used to be real bad about moving when she was mounting too. She circles him to the left and right a few times. If he still moves when she mounts she backs him up a whole lot. I do the same thing with him. I get pretty rough with him when he does that, just because there is no reason for it, especially when we are using the mounting block. When I say rough, I mean, I back him up as fast as I can and for as long as I want, and even circle him in real tight circles left and right. Than I'll dismount and try it all again, first circling him on the ground left and right, try mounting (constantly telling him to 'stand'), than so on and so on. He's doing much better now!

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Thanks! It's especially frustrating when they are not babies and they really do know better.
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Lots of horses at my barn have this problem, including my horse! What we do is when they come to the mounting block we say "stand" we walk around our horses, check our equiptment, tighten girths, anything that makes them be patient and stand still by the mounting block. If they move we quickly spin them in a tight circle around us once and lead them back. We then reinforce the "stand" and usually they wont move again. We go to mount up and most of the time the horse wont move again, but if they do step down and send them in the tight circle again, say "stand" after that they will stand still (or at least our horses do). It takes patience but your horse will eventually learn. Good luck! :)

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We are working on it and it IS getting better! "Stand" seems to be a word he knows. Thanks for the advice.
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We are working on it and it IS getting better! "Stand" seems to be a word he knows. Thanks for the advice.
that's great! I wish our ponies would've knew that word when we were training them to cart! Stand was horrible to teach them but it gave us the mounting training idea!
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