Originally Posted by booner
I know this has probably been asked/answered before.....
So did you do a search before you posted this question then? You are right, it has been asked before.
how do you train a horse not to move while you mount?my hubbys horse takes at least one step while he's getting on or right after he's seated.
My preference is to continue the mount so the horse doesn't think that walking away changes what will happen, but as soon as he moves in any way to pressure him to stop moving - with reins, crop, body, whatever it takes in whatever direction. Then dismount and go again. Do it over and over. Do not stop mounting and dismounting until he finally stands still and then just sit there quietly, praise him and let it soak in. Dismount and put him away for the day.
If he is very troublesome, you may want someone to hold him for the first one or two sessions.
Thereafter, anytime he moves, reinforce using the same method; sit quiety for a short time, praise him and then ask him to move forward only once he has been standing quietly for at least 20 seconds.