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    12-06-2012, 02:07 PM
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Foal
My guy initially wouldn't stand for me at the mounting block either. What I found worked for him was whenever he moved without being asked, I moved him in small, tight circles (he's 19hh so not easy for him) for about 3-5 circles. I would then try the block again. If he moved, I moved him, in small tight circles, again for 3-5 tight circles.

We only had to do this for maybe 10 minutes, one day, 4 months ago. He now stands like a dream. He stands while I go and get the mounting block, my helmet, etc. He will not move until given the okay to walk on.
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    12-06-2012, 02:15 PM
  #12
Showing
Unless you are nimble you should be using a mounting step. The eliminates the saddle interfering with the withers thus much more comfortable for the horse. Train him to stand at the step then if he moves off as you begin to mount use the lungwhip to make him circle the block laterally. You want his hindquarter to make a much larger circle then his front end. This is uncomfortable as his legs are designed for forward movement, not stepping under his belly. He probably won't learn after the first time you do it as he hasn't made the connection. It may take two or three more bouts of circling before he figures out he can stand still or do this tiring work.
     
    12-06-2012, 02:34 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by PercheronMom    
My guy initially wouldn't stand for me at the mounting block either. What I found worked for him was whenever he moved without being asked, I moved him in small, tight circles (he's 19hh so not easy for him) for about 3-5 circles. I would then try the block again. If he moved, I moved him, in small tight circles, again for 3-5 tight circles.

We only had to do this for maybe 10 minutes, one day, 4 months ago. He now stands like a dream. He stands while I go and get the mounting block, my helmet, etc. He will not move until given the okay to walk on.
Yes, hold his head still & chase is butt around (disengage the hindquarters), ask to stand & repeat as needed. When he stops keep the reins loose & try again. You're right, maybe 10 minutes at the most with a refresher now & then.
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