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post #11 of 15 Old 10-17-2014, 01:15 PM
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I like mine a bit hotter so I usually go through just a bit of this in the beginning but it's not long before they stand like a rock.

1.) ALWAYS square them up before getting on.
2.) If they move, I'll grab the horn and literally pull them over sideways. You may be a little thing so this may be difficult for some.
3.) If they still decide to move, they will get moved FAST but not in complete circles, only half circles then roll them back the other way, half circle then back the other way, etc. If you've done your ground work they already know how to do this and it's a good chance to just make it better.
4.) Once mounted, Always, I get collection then back a step and swing rt, then back a step then swing left, Always!
They stand like rocks.
5.) Unless your unbreakable, NEVER ever mount while they are moving.
It means they need more work.
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-21-2014, 10:07 PM
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What I like to do is, I think of it as helping them do what they are doing. So what I do is, if they move back, I HELP them move back. If they move forward, I HELP them do it, I lunge them. If they move their hind end away, I HELP them by moving it away even more than they did.
Right when they start to back up I don't correct them, it's when I feel they're about to stop backing up that I make them do it more. Some people prefer to correct the horse right away but I found this more effective, when my horse used to do the same thing. What it does is it turns their choice into your choice. But to untrain this ^^ you get on and immediately ask him to walk off. The horse starts to anticipate that when you're on you're going to ask him to walk off so he does it before you're even on him.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-22-2014, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ecasey View Post
I used treats to get my horse to stand still. Worked like a charm.

Have someone help you the first couple times. The friend holds his bridle to keep him still, you get on, you give him a treat from the saddle. I say the word, "Snack?" just before I treat, so it has become a signal. She hears, "Snack?" and she stops everything and turns her head to get it from me.

Then mount yourself, and if he moves, keep trying and trying until he lets you on, and then treat from the saddle once you're up there.

My mare pretty quickly learned that when I got in the saddle, she'd get a treat. She stopped moving around.

Then I started making her wait until I was very comfy and ready to go before I treated.

Just ask for a little more each time you train (don't expect anything near perfection right away), don't ask for more until the thing you're working on is learned, and you should see progress.
This is what I do and my horses stand like statues next to any object I want to mount from. I also mount and dismount from both sides.

Even the greenie. He may have his faults, but mounting is not one of them. He's 16 hands and I'm short and fat. I NEED his cooperation for mounting.

A lot of horse people are anti-treat, but I tell you what, it works like a charm and is no work compared to these other methods people are describing. Why fight with the horse? This is easy, the horses are happy and it works. I have everyone in the neighborhood doing it now. Just watch your fingers.

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post #14 of 15 Old 10-24-2014, 02:13 PM
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Just wanted to repeat what an earlier posted said -- if this is an OTTB (and only 5, to boot) he may genuinely have no training in this area. They do not stand for mounting at the track, they are expected to keep moving.

This behavior may be simple ignorance of what's expected, so I'd start from the ground, and just see if he will stand at the mounting block for 10 seconds or so if you ask him to. I know with my OTTB, I had to get him acclimated to the idea of just standing still, period!
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-29-2014, 08:03 PM
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A lot of horse people are anti-treat, but I tell you what, it works like a charm and is no work compared to these other methods people are describing. Why fight with the horse? This is easy, the horses are happy and it works. I have everyone in the neighborhood doing it now. Just watch your fingers. [/QUOTE]

Do you find your horse to be mouthy because of this, though? Is it possible that the horse may think he's being rewarded with a treat for moving off & move off more? My horse can smell treats a mile away. I think if I walked toward him to mount with a treat in my pocket, hand, or wherever, his head would follow me as I tried to mount which would make him move all the more. Seems like it works for you though!
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