Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Oh, trotting! I get it now. :) hee hee
I taught my horse to stand with treats. I had a friend hold her at the mounting block, and when I got on, I gave her a treat from the saddle. We did this several times. Pretty soon she realized as soon as I got on, she got a treat.
Then we did it without the friend holding her. If she walked off, I brought her back. The first few times I got on, it was a matter of hopping up before she walked off, but I'd stop her and treat from the saddle again. Pretty soon she learned that if she waited, I could get on and she'd get that treat faster. Now she doesn't budge when I mount and turns her head to the side to get that treat. If I forget the treat, she's happy with a pat on the neck. I think it helps to treat inconsistently. Then she always hopes it's there, but isn't sure, so she tries really hard. But I never go too long without the treat if I can help it, because treating every once in a great while solidifies the behavior.
Also, never move off right away after you mount. Wait a few seconds so they get used to waiting after mounting. That will help eliminate them walking off as soon as they feel your weight in the saddle.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare