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Standing Still for Mounting

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I don't try to train this when they are excited or antsy. If the horse is already trained to ride but just wasn't ever trained to stand for mounting, I position them and say "Stand". I don't even try to get on. I fiddle with the saddle, put weight in the stirrups, and just stand next to them. If using a mounting block (reccommended), I step up and just stand next to them. If they move at all, I reposition them and start again. If they don't move, I click and reward.

When they stand still for the command "Stand" I begin mounting. If they move as I'm mounting, I step back down, reposition them and start again. If they don't move, I click and reward. It usually only takes a few times, if they haven't been hurt before by mounting. I make sure to practice equally from both sides. I gradually extend the time until I click so that the horse continues to stand still while I get my stirrups, fiddle with the pommel bag, adjust my sunglasses, etc. they learn not to go until I ask them to move off. I use a longer process if they haven't been mounted before.

Cherie

The horse below is being asked to move up to stand in front of the rider.

Tryggur, Icelandic Horse, standing for mounting



Or you can teach your horse to lay down for mounting :-)


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