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20th Sep 2004, 08:40 PM
What is the kindest and most effective way to teach a horse to stand to be mounted? My mare will stand quietly until it is time for me to mount and then refuses to stand still. She is not in pain and is not scared. I'm not sure how she's been trained in the past but I think her past owners haven't been very consistent and she gets confused and so starts being stubborn! Thanks.
20th Sep 2004, 09:16 PM
I read something about that in YR. If you horse moves around, back him up if he went forward, or make him go forward if he goes back, then mount him. If you can, have someone hold her to make sure that your horse doesn't move. Do that for a while, then try and wean her from that, and then you have a horse that stands still, with no one holding her:)
21st Sep 2004, 01:04 AM
What is the kindest and most effective way to teach a horse to stand to be mounted? You'll find a detailed "how to..." in this thread, posted by Harry Hobbes:
21st Sep 2004, 01:24 AM
I prefer to teacha horse to "stand," first, THEN use "stand" in relation to mounting. I have articles on "stand" and "stand for mounting" on my site:
Do remember that an otherwise cooperative horse, who gets anxious when you go to mount, may have an issue of some kind that has not yet been discovered. If the saddle hurts, if there's an old back problem, if there's SOME physical issue causing anxiety, then the horse may still not stand even after specific training. If that's the case, then it may be worth having a vet out to evaluate her thoroughly.
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