It is important to train your Icelandic Horse to stand for mounting, along with learning how to stand at the mounting block; and after being mounted, to wait for the cue to move off.
These pictures show a horse being positioned at the mounting block, waiting patiently for the rider to mount while she gives him pre-cues for mounting by touching and stroking the bareback pad. This gives the horse a chance to stabilize himself and prepare to accept the weight.
The rider positions herself as close to the front of the horse as possible, by the withers (the strongest part of the horse's back), setting herself down gently with as little impact to the horse's back as possible.
After setting down on the horse, the rider strokes the horse's neck on both sides as a "good boy", with a hesitation before asking the horse to move off quietly.
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