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post #1 of 14 Old 04-04-2010, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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moving while mounting

I know this has probably been asked/answered before.....
how do you train a horse not to move while you mount?my hubbys horse takes at least one step while hes getting on or right after hes seated.

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-04-2010, 10:48 AM
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My horse does this too. Try having the reins resonably tight so you can stop them easily, even if your unorganized. If he move before you get on then mayby keep correcting your horse till they do it right, woud teach them. keep the rein closest to you tighter so that if the horse trys to walk off with just your foot into the stirrup they come towards you not away.

Some people face their horse to a fence so they cant walk forward.

I myself am curious if anybody else has better ideas.
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My gelding use to do this real he only does it when im trying to mount bare back....I taught him not to by making him back up atleast two steps more then he took. He doesnt like to back so it worked well...perhaps something similar will work for you?

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Originally Posted by booner View Post
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 hes getting on or right after hes 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.
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does he stand still when he is asked when tacking up ect? Use voice cue to the command. If he is to take a step while mounting, quickly dismount, back him up, spin him whatever so he gets the message he cannot walk forward.
i find sometimes Pumpkin will take 1 step while im mounting simply to regain his balance so he doesnt fall over. maybe he could be doing this?
Can your horse back up from the bit while you are on his back? if you are already on him and he goes to walk off, back him uo a few steps and ask him to stand still. make sure that the same process is used each time he walks off.

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Northern mama YES I did search like 8 pages and didnt find anything thats why I posted.
I will have my husband try the backing up thing, he does hold the reins tight etc.

just realized there was a "search" button duh

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post #7 of 14 Old 04-05-2010, 02:37 AM
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Pro used to move. He just tried to fight the backing up, so I started making him move his hindquarters around in 2 or 3 circles (or until he wants to stop)every time he moved (even if I was up, I got off and re did it). He now stands perfectly for as long as I need when I get on. It's just something I did because the backing up didn't work for my horse!

One thing you shouldn't do is pet/praise the horse then directly walk off after. This just teaches them they can move as soon as you pat them on the neck! It's easy to get into, but a hard one to break:)
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This is what I did with my horses when they got into that habit:

When you go to get on him get on slow. Put on foot in the stirrup.. is he moving? If so back him up two-five steps, if he hasn't moved yet continue to get on slowly. Pull up in the stirrup, but don't get on. If he's moving, swing out of the stirrup and back him up. Now keep doing the first steps until he stands and then continue getting on. Now act like your going to swing your foot over, is he standing still? Great, keep going! If not, get off and back him up. And the last is to get in the saddle. If he moves now just back him up while your in the saddle and shout "WHOAH!" and back him up atleast five steps. This is so he knows he is not supposed move. Fidget in your saddle.. if he moves back him up. Do it again and again until he stands still. And don't forget to reward him for good behaivor. Next time your husband gets on him and he doesn't move, make sure he tells him "good boy!" and pats him on the neck :)

One thing I've learned working with horses: You can FORCE a horse to do something on a tight rein and he might do what you ask or you can TEACH a horse to do something on a loose rein and he will do it willingly with his heart.
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gizpeptig's method is pretty much what I do. It doesn't happen in a single lesson and from time to time it will reoccur. The long range trick is to be consistent. The one time you don't, will make it harder the next time.

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