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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

4/13/12

#66 Mounting

#66 Mounting 

It is somewhat important that your little darling stands still when you go to climb up on her/him.  If they are moving around, they are talking to you and telling you that they are not paying attention or they just are not ready for you to get up there.  So LISTEN.

  There are TONS of ways to get them to stand still - the video shows just a few.  I slap (flop) the stirrups a lot while they are moving and then stop slapping the stirrups as soon as they stop moving, then go to get on, if they start moving, I start slapping the stirrups, when they stop, I stop and then try to get on.  This usually will only take a few minutes but consistency is the key here.  Just don't get on when they are moving.  

 

The 'slapping" or "flopping" of the stirrups - it is simply aggravating them and they stand still because they end up disliking the aggravation.

And, once your body is up there, have them stand still, NOT immediately walk off.  If they go to walk off without your permission, do a whoa, or a backup,  Wait,  Keep doing this until they stand still and YOU ask them to move out.



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