Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
How I did it with my horse:
1. First few times, have a friend handy to hold the horse still. Mount and give the horse a treat from his back (You give it, not the friend.)
2. Mount without the friend. Go back to the block as many times as you need to until you can get on. Even if it's not pretty, when you get on, treat the horse from his back.
3. Do it again. And again, and again, and again. Eventually, the horse will figure out that as soon as you're up on his back, he gets a treat. My girl learned after about 3 tries to sit still until I was up there and ready. Now she walks up to the block, positions herself next to it, and turns her head for the treat as I'm mounting. This works.
I know lots of people will tell you not to treat. My personal experience has taught me that it can work wonders. Best of luck to you!
“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