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post #1 of 7 Old 05-15-2011, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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mounting issues and lunging troubles

I have a lovely mare who we're bringing back into work. BUT when you try to mount from a block she will not stay still and throws her bum out and won't get close enough to mount. From the ground before you get off the floor she's throwing huge bucks.
Secondly we have been teaching her to lunge but she's really bad with the whip so we use took that out of the equation but just doesn't move at all. Ideas guys?
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-15-2011, 09:03 PM
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I would deal with the whip issue and the lunging issue first, as the problems there - lack of trust and respect, are showing themselves when you try to get on. I would desensitize her to the whip, lots of rubbing her all over with it over several sessions -then more sacking out. On the lunge I would bit her up with snaffle and side reins and enforce walk/trot/canter/WHOA. Only when she can willingly w/t/c/WHOA on the lunge and accept the whip and other scary objects would I attempt to get back on. Then lots of half-ups on both sides, putting your foot in the stirrup and rising up to rest over her back. I would also use a helper to keep her in one place while you are up and down, up and down - until it isn't a big deal. I know taking it slow can be, well, slow, but it is really worth it when working with babies or rusty older ones... working through issues prevents the holes in training that cause real problems later...

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I have to agree with ACE. A lot of ground work (there is a great thread on this) will help with the relationship and respect. This is a classic example of putting in extra time on the ground to save a LOT of time and injury in the saddle.
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thanks guys, I know my next steps now. Its her only foible but its a fairly big one, when she's supposed to be for hacking and a little light local show stuff.
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One other thing, I would suggest using a dummy (pair of overalls sewn and filled with some sand with D rings for tying)and gether used to the mounting from a dummy, then tie her on and lunge her (one she lunges regular anyways) and once she stops bucking with a dummy and is calm I would then try to mount her. Definitely desensitized her and lots of ground work. Some of the parelli games are good for building trust (not everyone agrees with parelli but the 7 games are effective)
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Or you could get the book "Curbside Service" from Amazon.
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I don't care to desensitize to a whip, just my personal preference. She will get used to it in time, when she learns that you will not beat her with it.

In the mean time, you can use the end of your lunge line to get her to move on.

As far as mounting, face her into a wall, or better yet a corner.
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