|Michigan 10 year old TWH ridden in walking
horse bit - snaffle mouth piece and english or western saddle in 80 x 40
pen by average rider.
Question: Since I have had my mare she will not stand to allow me to
get on. Right now I'm making her walk in circles when she doesn't
stand still, after about the 4, 5 or 6 try she will stand still long enough
so I can get on. I'm 58 and don't quite have the spring in my step
that I use to, so I'm forced to pull myself up more than I care to.
I would use a mounting block if I could get her to stand next to it.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
From Panelist Laura
I usually find that the horse not standing still for mounting isn't really as much a mounting problem as a problem with not teaching the horse to stand after you are mounted (I know - this sounds as clear as mud...).
Once you manage to get on, ask your horse to stand still. You need to teach the horse that she doesn't get to move off until you ask her to. (Asking means clucking, squeezing with your legs or saying "walk on." It doesn't mean letting her walk off while you are thinking "well, I wanted to go anyway.") You want the horse to eventually stand quietly on a loose rein. This is a gradual process that you build on each day.
Each time you get on: tell the horse whoa (quietly) and pull back on
the reins until the horse stands. Tell her "stand still." Reward
her by loosening the reins and be ready to pull to stop her each time he
moves. She moves - you correct her by pulling the reins. She
stops - you reward her with loosening the reins. You may have to
do this over & over until she
At first you will just get your mare to stand for a few seconds.
Lengthen this time each day until she stands quietly for 5 minutes or so.
When riding, stop and ask her to stand still and quietly for a few minutes.
When you are finished riding, don't just jump off and put her up.
Have her stand quietly for 5-10 minutes (this is a long time to do nothing
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