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        10-01-2010, 11:24 PM
    Newbie with Questions

    I have just bought a 12 yr old TW Mare. I am having troubles with her standing while I try to get on the saddle she wants to do circles. This is my first horse and would like her to stand still while I try to get on her. Looking for suggestions on how to fix this problem. I have rode horse before, However I have never had to fix or train one. Once on her she is fine. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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        10-01-2010, 11:28 PM
    Try backing her up into a wash rack and getting on her, or a cross tie. Although it will be more work, it will force her to stand still :)

        10-01-2010, 11:33 PM
    What has worked for me is, backing. If when trying to mount, my horse moves...I immediately back her up at least 10 or so steps. Then lead her forward, stop...and if she moves...back again she goes. She very quickly learned it was much easier to stand still for me than to have to keep backing up.
        10-01-2010, 11:35 PM
    Start by figuring out what is triggering her to move off. Are you brushing her sides on accident? Start by raising your left foot towards the stirrup. The second she moves, back her up and make her stand. Tell her "stand". Try again. Every time she moves, back her up a few steps and tell her stand. Once she accomplishes standing for the foot, give it a rest and walk her around a bit as a reward for standing. Next actually step up. The second she starts moving forward, pull your foot out and repeat the backing. It sounds like a long process but if you go at it like you have all day and that you guys wont get started until she stands, she'll catch on pretty quick. Once you are finally able to swing a leg over, if she takes a step forward, get down and back her again. Keep doing this until its solid in her mind that *you* tell her when to move. Its not her choice, its your request. Get up and down a few times...your legs will be burning but it helps.

    This is usually a horse anticipating that every time you get on, you go forward. Switch it up on her. Every time you get on, back her up. Or just make her stand for a full minute.

    Hope this helps!
        10-02-2010, 12:23 AM
    I have an OTTB and they learn that when a rider gets on it means go time. They are not trained to stand around and wait. So I had prob lems with this with my guy. For the first ride someone held him while I got on, and from there I have followed advise similar to Cori's. Except that I would put him nose into a fence or wall or something that does not move.

    I am now at the point where he is still until he takes all my weight and I am looking for my other stirrup but then he moves only a few strides, but it is too many strides. It has taken months of me saying firmly 'STAND', but we are getting there, he is much better than he was.
    And it is not his fault, he is only doing what was expected of him.
        10-02-2010, 12:56 AM
    I had the same challenge with my TB X WB mare and also attempted to correct her walking off by backing her. Unfortunately, it only led to her immediately backing up as soon as I stood on the mounting block, so I had to get a little creative. We have a round pen set up at one end of the arena, which has proven to be quite handy for many things.
    I started lining up Tessa in the corner, with her rear end and one side against the wall and the round pen in front of her. The only easy way for her to move was towards me. We did this just a couple days, and then I removed one "block" at a time until she would stand quietly wherever we were. Occasionally she'll still try to walk off too soon, and I go right back to the kitty corner spot, and mount, dismount, mount, dismount until I feel good about it again.
    I should also note that this mare is 12 y.o. And really sensible despite all the holes in her training.
        10-02-2010, 07:48 PM

    Thanks to all that have replied. I will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

        10-05-2010, 08:01 PM
    Originally Posted by Riding21Years    
    Try backing her up into a wash rack and getting on her, or a cross tie. Although it will be more work, it will force her to stand still :)

    For your horse's sake and yours, don't ever try this. Getting on a horse that's tied up is a major accident waiting to happen.

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