As you approach to within a few feet of him, he'll walk slowly away
From you, but at a pace just so you can't reach him, then stop. This will be repeated several times in succession, until you're ready to jog. At that point, because you own just the right horse, he will trot, then gallop around the pasture. If you're at the advanced level of fitness, you may continue chasing after him for maximum aerobic benefits, or just stop and start throwing rocks at him to give your rotator cuffs a workout. (Make sure you switch throwing arms. Not only is this a benefit to you, your horse will think it hilarious).
Beginners may prefer to toss the halter and lead on the ground, bend forward from the waist, and engage in heavy breathing and chanting (that's what we'll call it, anyway -- chanting) as the horse
Continues to circle the field. For those of you that have experience
With this exercise, you may choose to throw the halter and lead, walk briskly, bend, pick up, repeat. When the horse determines you've had enough of this warm-up session, he'll allow you to catch him.
This bit I found particularly funny- Sadly, my horse must have either read this or heard other horses talking about this because I have to do this on a day-to-day basis (not the throwing rocks bit though!)
The Outside of a horse might be good to look at, but it's what's inside that tells you if he's good for anything else. -Mark Rashid, (A Good Horse Is Never A Bad Colour)
Now comes the mounting exercise. With the right horse, it's left leg
Up, hop-hop-hop, left leg down, heavy breathing. Left leg up,
Hop-hop-hop, left leg down, heavy breathing. For balance, go around to the other side and continue the exercise (right leg up,
Hop-hop-hop, heavy breathing, right leg down, heavy breathing, etc.).
First off this was hilarious and oh so true for me. My mare is the worst at letting me get on. And I have gone through this exercise, both on the left and right side. I was hoping i'd trick her into thinking the right side was different and she shouldn't move. I definitely have to work on her with that.
lol that was great. My only addition is that you forgot the run away after their clipped part. I got bullied into leasing this horse that wouldn't come. I would go out there chase her and then get her. Then we would proceed to try and walk out the gate. It didn't work most of the time she just stood there...until I got the end of the lead and smacked her rump with it then she started walking in a very small circle around me. It caused me to have to either push her out of the walk circle or get trampled (which I almost did most of the time any way. Luckily by the time she stepped on my foot then bumped me and I was going down she didn't notice and just wlked into my other side allowing me to remain standing.) so I would shove her hard enough she would walk away....and keep walking even with the lead and just rip it out of my hands causing some very hurtful burns. Lol then I would get on and kill my legs cause then she didn't want to move at all. But boy when my instructor gave me the crop and told me to be more forceful then she ran.....right to the mounting/dismounting block. The whole way when my instructor was yelling "don't let her do that STOP HER!" and I was sitting in the back of my saddle feeling the reins stretching wondering if she would make me pay for them if they broke.