|Paso Fino, 10 year old Professional Training
ridden in a western or austrian saddle in round pen by intermediate level
Question: My question is, How can I make my horse stand still while I mount her, the minute I put my foot up she pulls her rear end to the right. I"ve work with her a lot on just standing and she can do that. I just never know when I can count on her to stand still. I bought her about 5 weeks ago, she was very nervous with her her surroundings but now seem confortable . She comes to me when I call her and I think we are developing a good
relationship. She is fine once I get on her, reins and rides nicely. Thanks for your help.
From Panelist Nancy
First, make sure that you are not poking her in the side with your toe.
Also be sure that you are holding the reins evenly and not turning her
head to the left (towards you). Both those mistakes could cause her
to shift her hindquarters to the right. If you are sure you are not
doing those things, then you might try turning her head slightly towards
Don't turn it too far to the right though, as then she might swing her
quarters to the
From Panelist Stella
Well, if she's just swinging her hind end off to the right, its not
as big a problem as trying to take off the minute you put a foot in the
stirrup...Paso Finos love to work, are smart and 'anticipate' whats next
readily, and unfortunately many trainers just jump on and take
Its best to have them stand quietly, and even when they "volunteer"
to get to work so readily and willingly(that's what "brio is), to make
them stand quietly and relaxed, no
One thing you do want to insure is that while you have your reins properly
positioned, and not too tight.A horse needs its head to balance itself,
and too tight a rein can actually throw it somewhat off balance...even
the idea that its so restricted it cant use itself to maximize its balance
while you add weight can make a horse "antsy"- remember their natural instinct
is not to lose balance and possibly fall. While having the left rein a
tad shorter, so if the horse moves, it will circle...which does make the
hindend move more to the right...it shouldn't be so tight that the horse
cant "position" itself more supportively
Alot of movements we humans make is on "automatic pilot"-our body just
does them unconsciously without thinking "how" and "when." But the
horse is always aware of every little nuance; not only is it their
language, but it has a profound effect on their own movement and balance.
If you start to think in terms of the relationship truly being "a dance"
between horse and rider, develop body awareness and conscious control of
your own movements, to the most subtlest degrees, it not only solves many
problems, but avoids developing many more...plus, is the key to ideal communication,
From Panelist Carol
Most Pasos, unlike Walkers and other gaited breeds, are trained to bend. I first like to see one bend their head in the bosal from the ground and also show disengagement (crossing over) of the hindquarters. Just pick up one rein while beginning to mount and see if she moves when you put your foot in the stirrup. If so, just try to put your foot in without her moving. This may take some leg lifting on your part! Next, just stand up but do not mount, pet her on the right shoulder and step down until she will stand still for this. Then you are ready to mount; just mount but don't go anywhere. Stop forward motion by bending.
Finally, she may be resisting being mounted because of poor saddle fit and first that needs to be checked. I should have said that first.
Carol Camp Tosh
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