Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Elon, North Carolina
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The thing about lunging, though, is that it doesn't address the problem, just wears the horse out so it appears calmer when you mount up. But as time goes by, your horse will get fitter and fitter and be albe to lunge longer and longer before she gets tired enough to "behave" when you mount...
An exercise that I would do is to try, for several weeks, mounting from a mounting block: when you get your horse lined up and you are ready to get on, lean over and place your hands on either end of the saddle and push back and forth, like you are trying to push your horse over. This causes your horse to reposition his legs in a more stable position so you can't knock him off balance. After you do this, then mount, and IMMEDIATELY just relax and do nothing. You may have to pick up the reins and stop her a few times, but it will get easier and she will eventually stand quietly while you mount and not move until you tell her to. From there move on to trying to "push her over" before you put your foot in the stirrup when you are on the ground. When you push yourself up in the stirrup, pause and "stand" there for a few moments before you swing your leg over and sit in the saddle. Again, make sure you sit quietly for a few moments before you go. In no time at all she should be standing still while you mount and waiting for your cue before moving off.