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post #11 of 22 Old 01-18-2015, 06:50 PM
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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!
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post #12 of 22 Old 01-18-2015, 07:33 PM
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I have used treats to encourage happy mounting behavior. the horse practically gives you a leg up for wanting that reward so bad!
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post #13 of 22 Old 01-18-2015, 08:18 PM
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I know lots of people don't like using treats, but I've found they work great for mounting.

My horse was horrible to mount when I got him, even when held he would spin about and move around. I'm pretty sure that the behaviour just came from the previous rider jumping on and taking off.

I broke it down, I'd have a mounting block and stand next to that, when was still he got a piece of carrot. Then I would step onto the mounting block, from there he would start moving, I'd turn him until he was in the right position and when he stood still I gave him a treat. I worked my way up to just stepping the foot into the stirrup and then treating. Something that helped with me was always "stepping back" when he was still. So even if he stood still with my foot in the stirrup, I'd then treat, take my foot out again. Once I was on I'd often treat then dismount, sometimes even ending the session there so he learned that mounting up does not mean go.

He has gotten a lot better, if I haven't ridden him for a few months he will try it again, but it only takes one or two tries until he remembers. Now I always give him a treat once I have mounted and feet are in the stirrups. He waits for it and I feel more comfortable because I know he won't run off until I am ready.
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post #14 of 22 Old 01-19-2015, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much! We stood her between the fence and the block and she stood relatively still. I spoke softly and low to her while mounting . My husband was with me and that may have made a difference. I'll try it by myself this afternoon. Thanks for letting me know about your TWH. Mine is definately ready to go ! that's for sure! thank you all for your help. I'll let you know how it turns out by myself.

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post #15 of 22 Old 01-19-2015, 10:16 AM
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Have a look at what this HF member has been doing with a mustang using only positive reinforcement, including the use of treats:

She's currently teaching him to sit. It's so neat!!! This horse has never been bullied or badgered into doing something - have a look at his calm, willing, cooperative attitude. It's worth going back into the archives to look at her journey from the start. She's had the horse less than a year since he came in from the wild. They do some amazing things together! This lady is an inspiration to me... and now my DH wants to teach our donkey to sit...

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post #16 of 22 Old 01-19-2015, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi y 'all. I tried it by myself today. We worked for about an hour and I treated her while she stood still. She did pretty well as I brought her forward , then she would stand, but if I got on the mount, she would move backward. I never did get on, but that may have been that i was too slow. Still, i think I'll just go slow with it and perhaps she'll do it soon. thanks for the tips. I know where to start at any rate!
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post #17 of 22 Old 01-19-2015, 09:48 PM
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you'll want to work toward the goal of not giving any treat until she has stood still for you to mount, THEN you treat.

I still offer a treat after mounting. I know that the really good riders do not need this or even recommmend using it. but, it both something that encourages my mount to get in on the whole mounting process, AND, is something that I enjoy giving.

those "ok, you did well for mounting" and "ok, you went with me when the fork in the trail said 'take me to go home'", and , "our ride is over, I am going to now lead you across the street", TREATS mean so much to my lease horse. he gives me so much for so little. as long as they are meaningful, and as long as he receives rather than demands, I shall continue using them.
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post #18 of 22 Old 01-19-2015, 11:00 PM
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standing still when mounting.

i have tought my horse to stand out when i use the mounting block.
i firstley educated my horse to pick his feet up and after we acomplished that we proceded with geting him to stand out.
he was a fidget and i soon got him to pick his feet up with titbits and i have weaned him off of them and i use them as a reward for good work.
so i started to position his feet and got him to stand and wait and that took about a month he does not fidgit at all now and i dont even have to say stand up he does it automaticley even at the mounting block and stands till im ready.
and i issue the command to walk on and we head out for the road.
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post #19 of 22 Old 01-19-2015, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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thanks! that is the ultimate goal. I appreciate your input.
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post #20 of 22 Old 01-19-2015, 11:39 PM
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this is the result

quincy standing quietley whilst i took photos.



its only asking and puting in and from the horse you should get out standing quietley.
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