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September 2003

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Mounting Issue

This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your
horse care, training, and riding.



Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry Hill Mounting

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Horse Information Newsletter from Cherry HillCollectible Book Excerpt



Mounting

Whether your are mounting a young horse for the first time or an older horse that you have had for some time, do you anticipate mincing and dancing, a fight, an explosive surprise, or do you see things going like clockwork with both you and your horse emerging winners? It is natural to experience anxiety before mounting a young horse for its first ride - that's just normal horse trainer's stage fright. A small amount of apprehension will probably make you pay closer attention to safety. Being alert primes your nerves and muscular actions. But too much tension can take the smoothness and confidence out of your moves and that might bring undesirable reactions from your horse. If you have an older horse that is developing bad habits when being mounted, proceed like you would with a young, untrained horse.

The best way to make the first mounting just another day in the string of lessons for your young horse is to precede mounting with the proper ground training. Contrary to what you might think, the vast majority of accidents with young horses are not due to a horse being sneaky or dishonest and pulling out all the stops on mounting day. Most young horses act very honestly and predictably and are merely reflecting their previous handling. Accidents with young horses can usually be traced to the violation by the trainer of one or more very simple, basic safety rules or to the omission of important basic ground training. Even the most experienced, accomplished trainers consistently emphasize the importance of the basics. The importance of groundwork should be taken seriously. The true test of when your young horse is ready to mount is whether..........read the rest of the article here: Mounting



Ask Cherry: Mounting Problems

Problems Mounting a 3-Year-Old

Problems Mounting a 20-Year-Old



Collectible Books - Excerpt


"Next the vaqueros mount. The left rein is held short enough to make it possible to turn the two-year-old to the left it one starts to jump. The left hand is placed on the neck, left foot placed in the stirrup, right hand on the horn; then the rider mounts quietly to avoid frightening the animal. The rider is careful to let himself down in the saddle lightly."

from The American Cow Pony by Deering Davis

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That's it for this month. Don't forget, when you ride, keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side. Cherry Hill


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