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    07-21-2014, 05:56 PM
Horse Moving while I'm trying to mount...

This has a little bit of a story, but you can skip down to the main question if you want

I'm currently taking lessons for english riding. I've been taking lessons for only a few months, so I'm still a beginner.

Okay, so today I was at the barn, and I was helping my trainer with some work. I was supposed to have my lesson, but she had to do something else, so we rescheduled the lesson and she said I could ride the horse if I wanted, but she wouldn't be out there to teach me. I loved that idea - more riding time for me! (I get one lesson a week, usually). I tack up the horse and take him out to the ring, tighten up the girth, etc (the usual getting ready to ride in the ring stuff), and get the mounting stool. I put it beside him and start climbing, and put my foot in the stirrup. I was about to swing my other leg over, but he started walking forward. I stopped him, and got the stool ready again, and he starts walking again! I kept trying to mount him, but he would not stay put. I was holding his reins, and they were over his head like they were supposed to be, but I could not keep him from walking forward. There was only one other person in the ring. I was struggling with this horse for probably a good 10 minutes. She did not once offer to help, or give me any words of advice. I think it was pretty obvious that I was struggling. I kept having to turn him around and lead him back to the stool. Then she left. She just walked out the gate on the horse and I watched her ride down the side of the barn. I tried again and finally I got on the horse. He started walking even before I made sure I liked my stirrup length, or collected my reins.

This has never happened before. This is the horse I've ridden most often, and only one other day has he walked away from me, but it only happened twice (but then again, my trainer held his head after he did it the second time) on the one day. Today he did not seem like himself at all. I've ridden him with my trainer not in there, and with nobody else in there, no trouble. But today was the first time I've mounted without my trainer in there. I told her what happened, and she said she'd show me after I finished riding, but she never did. The rest of my riding time was short, and frustrating, but that's another rant.

~So, my question is, how can I get him to stay still while I'm mounting?

Do you have any advice about dealing with him when he's in a mood? Most of the time in my lessons, at first he's terrible, and then by the end it's like he's on autopilot, which is great for me. But then sometimes he's in a mood and fights me about everything. I learned at my last lesson that I am not in harmony with this horse. I thought I was, but apparently not. Do you have any advice for being in harmony with him?
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    07-21-2014, 06:30 PM
If you come to this thread and scroll to the bottom, you'll see some similar threads covering this exact topic with solutions. Maybe you can start there for some ideas!

I had the same problem with my girl. I have treats in my pocket now. When I'm successfully mounted, she gets a treat. Now she stands as still as a statue for me and then wants patiently for her treat. If I forget the treats, she gets a pet on the neck and that's good too. Good luck!
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    07-21-2014, 06:38 PM
Thanks! Sorry, I tried using the search bar, but I didn't have any luck (I don't know if I was using it properly )
    07-21-2014, 07:06 PM
Simply read this comment and scroll ALLL the way down. There is a section down there called "similar posts" and there are 2 threads that are particularly pertinent.
    07-21-2014, 07:37 PM
I know that. I was just saying that I searched before making the post in the first place and didn't see anything.
    07-21-2014, 07:59 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Simply read this comment and scroll ALLL the way down. There is a section down there called "similar posts" and there are 2 threads that are particularly pertinent.
Thank you for that very helpful post! Those two threads are not pertinent to my situation. This isn't my horse that I'm trying to fix because it's been going on for a while. This is a lesson horse that I have an hour with a week! I'm asking what I need to do to keep him from wandering. Where do I put my hands? What do I hold? That sort of thing. I've been doing the same thing since I rode this horse for the first time and today is the first day it didn't work.

I'm not trying to be rude. I'm having a really bad day.

Also, those two "pertinent posts" have nothing to do with my asking for advice on cranky lesson horses that would rather stay in the pasture all day than have anything to do with me.
    07-21-2014, 08:30 PM
Sorry, but there is nothing that will fix that horse just for you for that ONE hour a week. Perhaps stand him in the corner. He is an old experienced guy who will get away with what he can..and sees you as an easy mark. No other way to put it. Only quick fix I have is to have someone hold him. Just ask someone.
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    07-21-2014, 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Sorry, but there is nothing that will fix that horse just for you for that ONE hour a week. Perhaps stand him in the corner. He is an old experienced guy who will get away with what he can..and sees you as an easy mark. No other way to put it. Only quick fix I have is to have someone hold him. Just ask someone.
My question was not how to fix this horse. Which is why those topics are not good for me. Like I said, he hasn't done any of this to me before. I know I'm an easy target. I'm a beginner. I didn't grow up with horses like many of the people on this forum. My question was what do I need to do, which I said in my previous post. Lesson horse's jobs are to teach those that are taking lessons. If he was perfect all the time, what would he be teaching me? What would I learn if someone held him for me all the time? What about when I'm alone, like I was today? I'll just be standing there looking like an idiot because I don't know what to do, which is why I'm asking. I'll also be wasting my riding time. For those that can only take one lesson a week, that one hour is precious. I'm at the barn as much as I can be. Believe me, if I could I'd take lessons every day I would. But unfortunately I don't have $250 to spend a week or the money to lease a horse. The way you said ONE hour a week makes it seem like I'm some lazy teenager that wants to hand all her work off to everyone else.
    07-21-2014, 09:17 PM
Look-you can stop being all defensive, and frankly, somewhat rude. I did make a couple of suggestions as to what you can do for your hour a week. I don;t know what you want me to say. Try standing the horse with their head in a corner, like I suggested, or have someone hold them. Other than that, I am drawing a blank, since other things would actually be training the horse and what you apparently consider a waste of your time. Good luck. I am done.
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    07-21-2014, 09:23 PM
Hmm, maybe when you are mounting you are kicking him in the belly?

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