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post #1 of 17 Old 08-25-2008, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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My mare won't stand while I try to get on her :/

I have had this mare for about 2 months now and everything seems to be going great except she won't stand while I'm getting on. It's very annoying. Short of having someone hold her while I get on or very quickly scrambling up while she is moving I don't know what to do.

Ground manors are pretty good and getting better. Accepts the bit after about a min of riding. She is improving every day I work with her. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-25-2008, 12:27 PM
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Put her in front of a fence (or beside, whatever you need) and mount her there.

Spend a lot of time mounting and dismounting. Don't go for a ride. Once you are on, don't let her move. If she does, don't get off until she has stood still for you. You can start with a short time period to stand still and extend it until she gets the idea.

This is an exercise on it's own. Also, provide a treat or praise only when she is still, not before. Soon enough she'll figure it out and stand still for that reward.
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post #3 of 17 Old 08-25-2008, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you
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post #4 of 17 Old 08-25-2008, 01:26 PM
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Northernmomma took the words right outta my mouth. That's what I would do too.

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post #5 of 17 Old 08-25-2008, 02:21 PM
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woooooohooooo a topic of had experience in! Major had that problem to. Soon as I put my hand on the saddle to get up...he turns circles. My solution was take him in the round pen fully tacked up. The reach up for the saddle and of course he goes in circles. I just kept following him until he stopped. Then when he did...i pet him and tell him good job and back off. Then do it again....pretty soon that light goes off in their head and they know what you want.
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-25-2008, 09:31 PM
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I'm having this problem too and will use the advice given!
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post #7 of 17 Old 08-25-2008, 10:04 PM
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Agree with Sandy's advice. You need to work towards actually mounting her in baby steps, reinforcing each step of the way and repeating each step until she's reliable about it before moving on.

BUT first, get her back & saddle checked out & make sure there is no physical pain causing her to not want you up there. Also, use a mounting block and try not to hang your weight in one stirrup, to help make it easier & comfortable for her, and make sure you don't dig your toe into her ribs or such.
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-26-2008, 08:43 PM
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when my horses did that and they srill some times do

when my horses do that I scramble on and then do circles and make sure they know they are being punished

yep, i probably do like my horse more than you... :P
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post #9 of 17 Old 08-27-2008, 02:06 AM
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Re: when my horses did that and they srill some times do

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when my horses do that I scramble on and then do circles and make sure they know they are being punished
Punishment can be a valid 'tool' for training(tho I don't personally believe it's appropriate for this problem), but remember, as with reinforcement, it has to happen *at the time of* the 'bad' behaviour to become clearly associated with it. Whatever is happening at the time of the punishment will become associated with it, particularly if it happens more than once during the same behaviour. So if you punish your horse after you've got on & begun asking for circles, that's what you're punishing them for.
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-27-2008, 06:01 AM
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I hope I don't repeat anything but I don't have time to read all the replies.

My husbands old standardbred did this when we first got him except he would break into a trot straight away. I tried putting him in front of something but he would just spin around and go in the other direction :roll: we've basically fixed it now by doing two things. A) about as many times as we would we wouldnt ride at all once we got on and he stood still. IF he stood still I would get straight off, unsaddle him and give him some hay. As he progressed to standing still more often we would do fun things like go for a trail or a good run or if he did some arena work we would start off very slow and not do much. But when he would take off he would have to work, straight away. He pretty much stands still 99% of the time now.

Its worked for him so maybe it will work for you ;)

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