One tip for you, as a rider, is to settle in your saddle and ALWAYS hesitate a moment before you ask your horse to move off. It teaches them to wait for you to cue them.
In the mean time, practice, practice, practice, getting off and on, without going anywhere. If he walks off before you cue him, make him work hard. Circles, yields and backing up, then stop, wait, dismount, and try again. He'll get the point,eventually, but you will both be tired if he's stubborn. Initially you may even have someone hold him while you mount, and then work to having them just standing there, then to going farther away, while you mount/dismount and he stands. If he makes a mistake, go back to the step that worked just previous. Also, make a habit to sometimes mount and dismount without going anywhere. Lead him somewhere else, mount, wait a minute, then ride.
Something I alwasy do when I mount up, besides hesitate before I ask for movement, but right after that, I always ask my horse to yield his head to either side once or twice each, more if he isn't soft, and yield his hindquarters over. This is the foundation for an emergency stop, and it's a little reminder for your horse. A sort of "checking your mirrors before starting the engine". The younger or more energetic the horse, the more diligent I am in this. It also supples them for the ride, a limbers them up, and seems to put them in the "working" mind frame.
At the end of the ride, when he's most tired is a good time to work on this, as well. He's more willing to stand still. Get off/on a few times before you put him up. Reinforce his lesson!
Last edited by barefoothooves; 02-25-2009 at 10:40 AM.
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