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post #1 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Standing still while mounting...

Currently I am riding a friends horse and lately she has become very annoying to mount.
I usually stand on a crate to get on her, and as soon as I try to get on, she moves away from me (usually swinging her hindend away, making it impossible to reach the stirrup).
Usually I would just follow her and this would kinda repeat on, but lately I have been trying to get her to stand still until I'm ready to move on. This however has not been working. I have now stopped moving to where she goes, but stay in my spot and make her move, but she likes being a brat and usually takes another five minutes to get on.

So any suggestions on how to make her stand still until I'm ready to go?

Also, sometimes she runs away from me in the paddock, so wouldnt mind some pointers there as well.
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 02:17 AM
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i have heard over and over again that when a horse tried to move when you are mounting it,
Than it is time for the Backing up method ;)
So when she try's to move away, you are going to get in front of her and get her to back up a few paces and try again, if she tried it again, do the same thing.
you need to get her to understand that if she isnt going to wait and stand still, than she is going to work twice as hard. Soon she will realize that it is much more easier to just stand !
so just practice bending her, back her up, pick up her feet, turn her in circles stuff like that :)
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My boy went through a phase like this. I worked on stuff like Twister mentioned and also just worked on getting him to listen to me more in general (basic ground work). My pasture mate has some problems with this too, her trainer has suggested that she lunge her horse, then let her rest near the mounting block, then get on the block and lean over her back as if to mount. If she tries to walk off, then have her lunge some more. Basically learning that when she stands quietly to mount, the work is over, if she walks off it is doubled.
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 09:50 AM
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I had this problem for quite some time, and just a few months ago I decided to fix it. I agree with all of the above posts, but what I did was a little different. I would put my foot in the stirrup and put a tiny bit of weight in it. If he walked off, I would immediately pull him back and give him a firm "NO!" If he did it again, I would repeat, only this time a little stronger. After only two days he caught on, and now he stands still until I give him the cue to walk off. Just be patient and consistent Hope this helped!
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post #5 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 09:53 AM
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I'm going to guess that this is going to get some not so good feedback, buttttttt.....

Moving away and not letting you mount is just that, the horse is not giving you permission to get on his back whether it she is frightened or just doesn't want to get worked. Either way she is not comfortable with you up there.
In the wild, where does the lion want to go on the zebra? The back!

Bring her up to the mounting block and just stand there, petting her. How is her reaction? Is she jigging around? Is she still trying to move? If no then just continue to pet her...if yes then get off the mounting block and then start petting her and playing the friendly game with her.

Next step would be to jump up and down like you were going to mount but not actually mounting, while still petting and being friendly. If the horse still moves, let her move around you (this should be done with a halter and lead rope on...about a 12 foot lead rope is best cause it gives you more room and her more room to work with) as you continue to jump. When she stops moving you stop jumping :) Work on this so you can jump up and down on the mounting block and she is not bothered nor does she move :)

Next step would be putting your foot in the stirrup and jumping this can be difficult if she walks away, and what you'd have to do is take your foot out of the stirrup and continue jumping up and down.

Then stand up in the stirrup and face her (your belly button is towards her head not to the other side), but do not swing your leg over.
Then you'd go and lay accross the saddle (or bareback ...bareback would be more comfortable).
Then the next step would be going up, sitting down, then going back off.

Each time backing off if she is uncomfortable or in the case of the jumping, continue until she stops :)

All of my horses have gone through that if they started walking off, I've never had a problem after doing it once ;)
And sorry if it's confusing, I wrote this very fast :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 10:26 AM
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I agree with Twister.. the best is to do some backing up. It will take awhile, but with patience and some repetition, i've seen it work.
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 10:29 AM
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oh, and as far as catching in the paddock, I would be sure that you are not always taking her out to work her, that there is a good variety of things she could be greeting you to do. It helps when the horse knows their name too!
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 10:46 AM
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Most "problems" all lead back to a core or foundation issue--improper or lack of training. Think of like building a house. The first and most important part is creating a strong foundation that will support the rest of the home,. If the door starts sticking its more than likely that the foundation is shifting. Fixing the door will solve the problem until the house settles more and then you have to fix the door again.

If you provide the proper foundation--training--then you don't have to keep fixin the door.

All of the input is good but all point to a lack of foundation and which part is lacking is hard to say--desensitizing, respect, willingness could all be correct.

Build a good foundation and all your issues will go away.
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post #9 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 01:25 PM
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I have had the same problem with my boy. He stands like an angel to get on from the ground and even from random stones and stuff while out hacking. But not for the mounting block.

What i did was put him alongside a fence, so he couldn't physically swing his hindend out. He got lots of pats for standing still. OVer time i have gradually moved the mounting block further and further away. as soon as he starts misbehaving and moving, i move it back closer to the fence. It's quite time consuming, but it does appear to be working.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-12-2009, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,
Thanks for all the suggestions =]]
Would have tried one, but she was a angel to get on today (wish the rest of the ride was like that)
but I shall keep all in mind if she decides to to play up again.
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