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Reteaching Bareback

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        03-18-2013, 09:50 PM
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    Originally Posted by backyardhorse    
    Maybe try this----Slow and steady will win the race. If you can, lead him to a place where there is a wall on the "off" side, to keep him from spinning that way. Have your Mom hold him, and then, using a mounting block, just climb to the top step, do NOT try to mount at this time. Just stand so that you are higher than his back. You might take this opportunity to give him a good grooming on his back. Up, down, up, down, making your pauses at the "up" longer. When you can see that he's relaxed, and it may take many days, go back to the leaning over him, but not leaning ON him (quite a balancing act). Again, wait him to relax, and then lean ON him. When you get to the point of actually getting on him in the riding position, do everything in slow motion, so that he doesn't get startled when that leg comes over.
    Waresbear offered an excellent idea to add to this--going for a good (saddled) ride first.
    Buena suerte!
    This is exactly what I was thinking! He's still in BC with my mom's horses, so when I go out to visit next month I think I may try this.

    Just to clarify for a few people, since it was my mom and I who trained him, we're the only ones who have ridden him. I had ridden him bareback before, it wasn't until *after* the hip incident that he started acting up. I don't think it hurt him, just startled him. He's a very sensitive boy. If he hadn't been at least somewhat trained bareback, I wouldn't have been trying to jump on him in the pasture, :p
         
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