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July 5, 2008

Gain Confidence While Mounting

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Cherry:

I trained a mustang for a friend of mine. The horse was lovingly trained and is comfortable and easy to ride. He knows to stand when when told & being mounted.

He will stand until told to "walk", cluck-clucked, or touched with your heels. My friend has a fear that the mustang picks up on. When she puts a foot in the stirrup he takes an easy step sideways away form her so she removes her foot; this continues until she finally gives up. I have tried to help her. For me horses are easy to train; people impossible. She has taken lessons but having the fear of mounting the lessons have not continued. Do you have any advice or a book or a book that you know of that might help her.

Thanks. Butch

 

Hi Butch,

Mounting is a key issue in rider safety and confidence and, like you say, it is a place where a good horse can often unravel in the hands of a novice. There are so many reasons a horse starts moving while being mounted: awkward shift of the saddle, a pointed toed boot in his side, uneven reins, rider apprehension........and some horses even turn it into a game, something like your describe. I've seen people with short horses, doing a hop hop hop next to the horse with their foot in the stirrup and the horse moving away just enough so the person can't quite get to that position to lift herself up. Anyway, I digress.

For the benefit of other readers with similar problems, I want to make note of several related articles on my website which you might want your friend to read.

How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry HillAs far as book recommendations, anyone who has fear of a horse should read How to Think Like a Horse to understand horMaking Not Breaking by Cherry Hillses

 

and I cover mounting quite thoroughly in Making Not Breaking.

You could hold the horse for your friend as she mounts or position the horse alongside an arena rail to prevent the sideways movement. You could even fashion a mounting block for her to use. These are temporary measures, at best, but can be used until she gains confidence with mounting.

One of the hardest part for many horse trainers is training the owners, but it is essential......and it is for the benefit of the horse.

Thank you for your letter and please let me know how you do or if you have any other questions.

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