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post #11 of 21 Old 02-10-2014, 11:18 PM
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Keeping that left rein a little tight and circling them around you before mounting is right. What I do for horses that want to take right off once my butt is in the saddle is I bring their head around and or move their hip out of line with there body and I don't do it overly nicely. The other thing I think you are dealing with is more of a focus issue, work more on getting your horse to keep its attention on you no matter what.
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post #12 of 21 Old 02-11-2014, 06:21 PM
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Does she flex? My horse did this so I bent his head towards me when i got on and then flexed him as soon as my butt hit the saddle it relaxes the horse and they stand still.
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post #13 of 21 Old 02-11-2014, 07:08 PM
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I am not a fan of making them move when the desired objective is to get them to stand still.

Teach horse a "be still" command, or whatever words you want to use. I've used, "plant those feet", "stand still", and "get on your feet" and horse knows it is to park those feet and stay on them.

And make sure you are not toeing the horse when you go up. You can also mount with head towards fence so she can't go forwards.

Tipping her head into you very far, makes this worse as she is off balance and possibly being hurt. Better to keep head straight, with relaxed slightly reins, and offside rein slightly tighter.

And if she moves off, instead of turning her, tell her whoa and make her stand.

You also need to reinforce the stopping and standing when you are leading her too. After haltering? Stand there. Leading? Stop and stand still. And be quiet too.

Horse needs to learn to stand still when you tell it to.

As for letting others ride her? I wouldn't, definitely not until you get this fixed, and then I probably still wouldn't, as if she turns out to be a nice horse, letting others ride her could ruin her for you.

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post #14 of 21 Old 02-11-2014, 07:18 PM
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I've suggested this before to others but why don't you watch Stacey Westfall's video diary as she trains is the prefect kind of ground work you can do with your horse to teach her properly how to do things - Stacey shares about how she prepares the horse to stand still when she mounts.
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post #15 of 21 Old 02-12-2014, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Pipergal98 View Post
No what I do is take the left rein and get her to reach her head around and after she stops spinning I take the rein up to the saddle(while her head is still turned to me) and them get on. That sometimes works but I still have the problem of her jumping around when I get In the saddle and I have I hold her back because she wants to go before I'm ready.
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I treat horses that don't stand to mount like getting on colts for the first time.

I start out like you with the left rein brought in so the horse is looking at me and if he does make a move it's in a tight circle. I stick my toes in the stirrup and stand in the stirrup, If he moves I still have the left rein and it will be a very tight circle. When he stops moving I get down, release the rein and pet on him. I repeat this several times until I can stand in the stirrup with out him moving his feet.(on a colt I do it on the right side as well, but that is up to you and be prepared for the right side to be worse and be careful as he may have never been mounted on the right.)
After that you can start completely getting on, be very aware of yourself when swinging your leg over and setting yourself down in the saddle. You plop down they want to leave instead of staying planted. Again keep that left rein, when he moves keep him bent and when he stops his feet, release the rein and just sit relaxed on him. If goes to leave again, do it again.
Keep doing it until he understands that he is to stand until you ask him to move off. It will take some time and you may want to devote sessions just to work on mounting, when you he does good and makes progress put him away. Let it sink in.

One word of caution, and I know that everyone does things differently, but please do not back a horse as soon as you get on, I have seen some wrecks due to backing a horse after getting on. (rearing and flipping over backwards) I am not saying that all horses will or yours will but it is something to be aware of.

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post #16 of 21 Old 02-12-2014, 06:28 PM
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To get my mare to stand when I can be bothered, I have one rein in my hand and flex her to me, then when I get on she can only walk a little, but I hold where I am until she spots, then carry on and hold where I am until she stops again. Eventually, if I did it enough, I wouldn't have to flex her and could get straight on.
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My goal is to get on, and stand for ten seconds. If they just want to go and we have to go in circles back to where we started, fine. But, until we can stand there for ten seconds we don't "go" anywhere. Eventually, it becomes "habit" and they stand until you ask them to move out - no need to count. If there is some real distraction going on, they might "regress", but they know what "the expected etiquette" it is I am reminding them of when that happens.
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There are herbal mixes that help make a horse more chill and there is also Magnesium to give or (epsom salts). I think diet may help, like making sure the horse doesnt get to much sugar like to many apples, to much green grass ect.

Also depending on your type of grass and pasture, Magnesium is usually combined with Calcium carbonate. But if you feed alfalfa (lucerne) than it would be to much calcium.

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post #20 of 21 Old 02-16-2014, 08:30 AM
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You might want to spend some time just getting on and off. Once she stands still, get off. Don't even try to ride until she is consistently standing still for mounting. It won't happen in one day. Then when you feel she is ready to ride, back her up before asking her to move forward. If she goes faster than you want, just back her up again and then make her stand still. It will take time but she should respond.
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