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goeventing 12-02-2012 10:02 AM

Mounting troubles.
 
Hi everyone! A couple days ago I brought home my four year old Dutch wArmblood X German riding pony mare. I rode her at home for the first time yesterday, and although she's very good for her age under saddle, she loves to swing her butt or walk away when I try to mount her from the block. I have people hold her for me, but know that there won't always be someone there to help. Does anyone know some good methods I can try to stop her from doing this and make her stand while I'm mounting? Thanks!

Catpeedontherug 12-02-2012 10:33 AM

Can you mount in a corner or against a wall where she can't turn?

Someone else can address how to train them to stop, but, this method works for me!

BornToRun 12-02-2012 10:40 AM

My gelding had the same problem when I got him. Every time I'd get onto the mounting block he'd walk away. It took a lot of jumping down and backing him up to the same spot, and after all that time he still walked away. Eventually I got mad enough and introduced him to Jesus by getting off the mounting block and making him back up as fast as he could half way down the paddock. It only took a few rounds of that for him to figure out it would be easier just to stand still until I ask him to move.

montcowboy 12-02-2012 10:42 AM

good morning. the way the old cowboys did it.and i learned was to cheek them. turn there head slightly towards you.and if they start to move off when your swinging on. pull there head to you tighter.so at worce they walk in a circle into you.instead of away from you. its safer..and once your in saddle. you can keep there nose tucked to your leg and turning till they naturally stop..then give head back.and in no time they tend to learn to not walk away when mounting. let me know if you understand what cheeking is. its none painful for horse or rider.and today.even my old broke horses . i really cant mount with out doing it. just a habit today. its totally unnatural not to cheek a horse when mounting for me . ride safe...

jackboy 12-02-2012 11:02 AM

when he moves pull his head in with your rein push his hindquarters away tightest circles you can get four or five of them stop try to mount if he moves repeat he will learn after a few times works better if he is barefoot in gravel but it will still work

Thunderspark 12-02-2012 12:55 PM

He's learned as soon as someone gets up it means walk off.......you will have to retrain him to stand still till you say to move. How I've done it is if he starts to walk get down back him, say stand......then go to mount again, keep doing this until he stands still till you say to walk. Sit there for at least 10 secs before you move him out. All our horses stand until we say to move....nothing is worse than trying to get on a horse that walks off!

Peppy Barrel Racing 12-02-2012 01:16 PM

Now I don't use a mounting block very often unless I'm riding bareback but standing still for me to get on from the ground ought to be the same thing. Sometimes my horses occasionally don't want to stand for me. So I turn thier cheek to me and I disengage thier hind end and we do several circles. Then when I go to get on and I'll say woah then start to get on if they move I repeat. You want to make moving work and standing still a reward. Thats how my horses stand for me even when I get on a block or random objects to get on bareback.
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