So I've had my horse for over a month now and I finally got my saddle the other day and I was wondering how I should go about getting on the horse. She hasn't been ridden in quite a while but I heard a horse doesn't forget a skill once they've learned it, but I think it may take a while for her to get used to the idea of somebody sitting on her again. I had no problem putting the saddle on but when I tried to climb up she wouldn't let me. This didn't surprise me, I figured it would take a lot more time. So what should I do to ease her back into being comfortable with a rider? I would assume walking her with the saddle on would be a good start.
I had the same problem. What I did is toke her step by step like I started walking her with the saddle on then I put a little weight on her back and then I started pony club and they helped me. If you take her step by step like I said it should work but if she dosnt then maybe think about getting some professional work. Hope all goes well. Chazzle09
i had the same problem. What I did is toke her step by step like I started walking her with the saddle on then I put a little weight on her back and then I started pony club and they helped me. If you take her step by step like I said it should work but if she dosnt then maybe think about getting some professional work. Hope all goes well. Chazzle09
when you say you put a little weight on her back, what did you use? Would a bag of sand or something along those lines work?
I could be wrong, but I think she's talking more about putting some of YOUR weight on her. Like standing on the mounting block, placing your hands on the saddle and leaning, so you put a little pressure and weight on her back. If she does good with that, you can lay over her back on your stomach - that way if she freaks out or walks off, your feet are only inches from the ground.
AHHH, I see. Umm, well I would just work with putting weight in the stirrups one at a time(simply place your foot in the stirrup and push down like you are going to get on, without actually getting on) on both sides, a few times each until she will stand still.
Then you can actually stand in the stirrup and lay on your belly over her back once she calms down a bit, but pop your foot out of the stirrup and let both feet hang in case she goes to spook again so you can just slide off.
Just work with her each day only going as far as to lay over her until she will calmly let you lay over her for a minute or two, only when she will allow this in a calm confident way and you are confident that she won't take off with you do you want to actually sit on her.
When you actually do, just sit on her, don't ask her to move until both of you are calm and confident. It may take a few days to accomplish, but it is worth not spooking every time you try to mount up.
Welcome to the forum, Rob. Is this your first horse? How much experience do you have? A problem horse, especially one that rears, is nothing to fool with if you don't have the experience. My suggestion is to get professional help not only for you but particularly for your horse. Handling the horse incorrectly may create more problems and/or get you hurt.