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    02-23-2009, 03:53 PM
Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
What I'm saying mls is that moving the fenders PREPARES the horse to be CONFIDENT for me getting on. Sometimes horses will move because they are nervous so desensitizing them to the fenders being flung about is a great way to get them more confident.
How does moving the fenders make the horse confident?
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    02-23-2009, 04:00 PM
When you slap the fenders on the saddle it can make the horse unsure, they'll usually walk around and try to get away from it. This is a "pre-flight check" before you get on. If the horse can't tolorate that then that is a hole that should be fixed. When you desensitize your horse to that kind of commotion he becomes more confident in more "extreme" situations. So when you get on, if something were to happen you can bank on the fact that the fender slapping the horse on the side, etc. would not spook him.
    02-23-2009, 05:07 PM
It depends on the horse and what discipline you ride (only having to do with tack). Some horses, the bending the nose to the side will work and others will just start walking or trotting in a circle which can actually make it harder to get on than if they were going straight. If you ride in a western saddle, you can keep one hand on the saddle horn and pull on the reins while still hanging off the side. That would be pretty hard to do in an english saddle. One thing, I never dawdle while getting on or off. I just put my foot in the stirrup and get it done. Sometimes, if you hang on the side for what the horse considers too long, even a well fitting saddle can start to pinch and cause them to move. Make sure that you are not poking them in the stomach with your toe signaling them to move. Lots of times, a young horse just needs work (I always work with that after a long ride when they are tired. That makes them more willing to stand still). If the horse is older, it may be a learned habit that comes from riders that are asking them to go as soon a weight hits the saddle or maybe they were never taught to stand from when they were young. Once you get into the saddle, backing, bending, and circles will keep the horses mind off of "okay, your aboard. LETS GO!!" They will get used to standing still while you bend and flex them and will not be so concerned with moving. Spirithorse, that is always a good idea with a young horse because sometimes, it is the movement of the fender that spooks them and causes them to move, but it could also be 100 other reasons that they are walking away.
    02-23-2009, 05:17 PM
I've had my 7 year old since he was a yearling and when I started training him if he moved while I was attempting to mount I told him whoa and put pressure on the reins. I've never had any problems with mounting him, in fact he stands like a rock, until I tell him to move. I'm fairly short 5'1" and sometimes I have to really stretch to get my foot in the stirrup, so that has really always been one of my pet peeves.
    02-23-2009, 05:27 PM
Spirithorse, I don't think OP is asking for ways to desensitize her horse. Also- what type of saddle are you riding in where your fenders would move around enough to spook a broke horse? If you've ever seen a broke horse have a problem with fenders, please describe it. Most broke horses are fairly accustomed to fender movement; I'm guessing that Jubilee is talking about a fairly broke horse that just walks off when mounted. I agree with smrobs that moving the fenders around on a young horse is good but I really don't think this is the case.

I tend to lean more toward the method mls describes, make the good thing easy and wrong thing hard.
    02-23-2009, 05:31 PM
Ah, this one horse at my barn does this. A LOT. He's stopped so far...but I think it's because as Appy said, it got too tedious for him. I did the same thing- if he moved, I'd re-position him until he stood still. He got a bit ancy about it, but finally started to listen. :) He's improved a lot. It was so frustrating sometimes.
    02-23-2009, 06:18 PM
Thanks for your advice guys!

I realized I should have been more clear with my question. Jubilee is most of the time fine with standing still while I get on, but she starts to move the moment I'm in the saddle.
    02-23-2009, 07:04 PM
I had to laugh when I saw this thread. I fell of Stevie last night, and it was about 5 feet from the mounting block, lol. I was riding in my new saddle for the first time, and had breeches and tall boots on for the first time as well, so I was trying to get used to some major changes right off the bat. I had my left foot in the stirrup, and had just started to swing my right leg over. She decided to walk away before I was completely on. I swung my leg over, but didn't have a chance to pick up my right stirrup. I leaned over and wrapped my arms around her neck, and when I did, she casually turned left and I rolled off over her right shoulder and landed flat on my tush, facing backwards. It was very entertaining for everyone else, but my butt is now 3 different shades of black and blue, lol. There was absolutely no point to this post, I just thought everyone could use a good laugh!
    02-23-2009, 07:07 PM
Onetoomany, you aren't reading my posts clearly. I said that moving the fenders PREPARES THE HORSE TO BE MOUNTED....because if the horse moves when you get on, then obviously a step before hand has not been done, otherwise the horse would not move. It's all about proper preperation.

And a regular western saddle's fenders will move. I just hold the stirrup and flap it up and down. And if the horse is fine with it, great, I don't need to dwell on it. But it's ALWAYS worth a check, no matter how old or "broke" the horse is. There is no harm is checking to make sure your horse is okay with it.
    02-23-2009, 08:03 PM
Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose    
Thanks for your advice guys!

I realized I should have been more clear with my question. Jubilee is most of the time fine with standing still while I get on, but she starts to move the moment I'm in the saddle.
Ugh, mine used to do this all the time.

What I did was the same as what I would have done if he was moving while I was trying to get on... If he moved, I'd back him a step or two, make him stand, get on. If he moved before I was ready, I'd hop off, back him, make him stand, get on. And over and over. It took him five or six times that once to get it, and only once the time after that. Don't get frustrated with her, just keep doing it calmly and as many times as you need. Sooner or later, she should stand still. This worked with mine. (:

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