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post #11 of 16 Old 07-12-2010, 03:35 PM
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When you mount up, make sure your toe isn't jabbing your horse in the side. I know you said that he moves away from you before you even get close to mounting up, but jabbing them in the side could be a cause of the moving away issue.

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post #12 of 16 Old 07-12-2010, 03:43 PM
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I repeat "whoa" and "stand" as I mount. It seems to be working for my mare.

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post #13 of 16 Old 07-12-2010, 11:14 PM
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I had this problem too when I first got my mare. One day I decided enough was enough and I got on and off her about a dozen times, correcting her for moving any time she did and praising for standing still.

By then end she just stood there like she was bored out of her skull.

I haven't had the same problem since. Not saying it will work for every horse, and I am certainly no trainer, but this is what worked for us. I decided if she didn't want to me to mount, I would mount A LOT until she decided it wasn't a big deal anymore.
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-13-2010, 12:53 AM
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Repitition is definitely something that will help...getting on, getting off, getting on, riding off a few steps, stopping, getting off, etc...teaching the horse not to expect when either is going to happen; he may simply be anticipating your mounting, and thus taking off on his own, without really waiting for your cue. So do it over and over again, in various places...

If he just moves as you are swinging over, stop him, back him up, or maybe do some leg yields, ask for a stand, and get off, and start again. Everything is about teaching him to stop anticipating moving off until you give the cue.

If he won't let you get up at all, before taking off, I second making him move; backwards, fowards, sideways, etc...make him realize that standing still is the best choice; horses are naturally lazy, so he will figure it out quickly.

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-13-2010, 01:08 AM
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Make sure before you mount that he's standing square on all four. If one foot is forward, it could pull them off balance when you try to mount so they have no choice but to take a step. A tug on the horn squares them up easily.

If it's not that and at 8yrs, like the others said if he wants to move I'd darn sure give him a reason and I wouldn't be nice about it.

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post #16 of 16 Old 07-13-2010, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice- we are getting a bit better, just not consistent yet. Some days he is great, others he swings his rear away as soon as I put one foot on the mounting block. At least I am seeing some improvement. Thanks for your advice!!
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