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post #11 of 19 Old 01-18-2013, 01:54 AM
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PHLY, it is very useful to be able to stand a horse up square to a log etc by asking it. I spent a morning working with my flighty mare with this, and she went from not having a clue, to being able to smartly sidestep to the right place when I asked her. I don't have to walk her up square now, I can bring her in from any angle, and just wave a hand at her off side and she will move over. It just seems a really useful thing to be able to ask them to do, but to each their own
Hmm I suppose my biggest fault is typing what Im thinking. Yes I agree that moving a horse on command should be trained. But I suppose I looked at the mounting more then the moving. As far as moving, I feel that should be covered so far in the beginning of training that we'd be beyond that point of the horse is being ridden.
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-18-2013, 11:17 AM
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Hmm I suppose my biggest fault is typing what Im thinking. Yes I agree that moving a horse on command should be trained. But I suppose I looked at the mounting more then the moving. As far as moving, I feel that should be covered so far in the beginning of training that we'd be beyond that point of the horse is being ridden.
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Problem is a horse doesn't always want to stop exactly where you want them too. Say you need them to stand a mere 6" off the trail so you can mount from a stump. Most horses look at the edge of a trail and see no reason to step off of it when you try leading them up to the stump, that leaves them standing there at an angle. Teach them to move to you when asked and the problem is resolved.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-18-2013, 12:12 PM
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I know it's not an answer to the original question, but wouldn't it be easier to be able to walk the horse where you'd like to mount rather then trying to move it around while perched on a rock or fence rail. Guess what I'm saying is your horse will STAND for mounting you don't need to chase it around till it's in position.
For me, there are times when I am not sure if my potential mounting block is going to be stable, so would rather climb onto it to test its stability before having Dream right beside it, as to not wind up under her when the block gives way (think half rotten log or unstable pile of rocks).

I taught her in the way others discussed here, starting on the ground on her off side and getting her to understand a tapping cue, which progressed to tapping from the near side and then eventually to just pointing at her hip, raising the off side rein a bit and clucking. Patience and consistency are the key, as in any training.


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All these are important, it is great that you have a horse that will line up square to a 'mounting aid' and stand like a rock when you get on.

It is great to have a horse that you can bring to you from any direction or angle, and then have them straighten up to you on command.

Hey some people have taught their horses to kneel down so they can get on.

Most important, consistent point for me, teach the to stand still WHILE I'm getting on, everything else is a bonus
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Hehe. That just reminded me of something.

My dad and I took my nephew out for a couple nights while I was in AZ last November. My nephew is an Army Ranger and all that. So, as we're getting ready to depart the truck and trailer, he gets his horse saddled up and dons a small military backpack to carry his personal gear. Probably weighed 25-30 lbs. The horse he had was a bit tall for him, so he walks it up to a log, so he can get on easier.

Just as he gets his left foot in the stirrup and gives a mighty heave to get up into the saddle, the horse (apparently trained like we're talking about...or not) moves toward him, as if to square up to the log. It caught my nephew unprepared, so Mr. Army Ranger and his backpack, go up and clean over the horse and off the other side! I haven't laughed so hard in many a year. Just wish we had gotten it on video.

He had a good hold on the saddle horn and didn't go all the way to the ground, but he was lucky. Did my heart good, though.
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Thank you for this thread OP, I've always wondered how this was done! My guy already knows that a kiss means he has to start moving his feet, and will look to me to figure out what direction when I do, so hopefully this will be a quick training for us. :)
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I made this short, and bad quality, video of one way to help you position the horse at the mounting block. THis might help you , in conjunction with what the others have said.

Sorry the volumn is SO low on it;

Horse mounting block one rein method - YouTube
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here's another great mounting block vid, just for yuks and giggles.

ANd, I do give treats once mounting is successful. I know , I know . . . .
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here's another great mounting block vid, just for yuks and giggles.

ANd, I do give treats once mounting is successful. I know , I know . . . .

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