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  • Horse backs up when trying to mount

    I have a horse who always backs up when I go to mount. He is usually fine once I get in the saddle, but sometimes I can’t even get on. I can’t have anyone hold him at the moment, my mom usually helps me out with it but she is out of town for a few weeks. Any suggestions on how I can stop this problem?

  • #2
    Put the mounting block where he can not back. Eg corner of arena, wall, fence.

    Teach him to stand still. Say halt and praise. If he moves uh uh replace say halt and praise. Do this every single time from now to forever. Then groom, tack, walk to mounting block. Say halt. Praise. Mount. Praise.
    It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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    • #3
      I would back him up from the ground fast and hard the first time he moves his foot backwards. He needs to realize it is much more work to back up than it is to stand still.

      Set time aside every ride to work on this. Make it a priority, as standing still during mounting is always important.
      "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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        #4
        I worked with him this morning and backed him up quickly if he moved back a step, it seemed to help a lot! I think I will practice this a few more days and then ride, thank you!

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        • #5
          I wouldn't back him into a corner. Some horses will panic if they try to back up and hit a barrier. Results=bad.

          Can you move his feet in the direction you want if you are on the ground? If so,then you stand on the mounting block and direct his feet until he is standing where he needs to stand in order for you to mount. If he moves, drive him back into position until he stands there.

          You're not pulling or holding him with the reins - you are using a guiding hand and a driving hand to position him.

          If you can't do the above, then I'd recommend finding someone to work with you and your horse on groundwork.
          I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show

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          • #6
            If backing is helping a lot he might be cold backed. Some cold back horses are much better after taking a step back before going forward. My boy is like this and even though I put the girth on loose if I do not back him when he is out of work if he takes a step forward he will jump and rodeo buck. If I take him a step back forward before asking him to step forward as long as the day is not way too cold he will not jump and buck.

            Other than that as said above it is not good to teach a horse to go backwards before it has been taught to go forward. If they get the inkling that they can use it against you it is one of the most scariest things you can ride. Once they start going back you can't stop them. If you pull on the reins they go faster. If you kick they go faster and they keep going until they back into something, fall over something or fall into something, all of which is not at all good when it happens to the rider.
            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.

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            • #7
              Have patience.

              If the horse backs up a step when I go to mount, then I ask them to move forward. Try again.
              If they move forward, I back them up to where they were. Try again.

              Rinse and repeat. It takes as long as it needs to take. I do not mount, until the horse is standing quietly and waiting for me.

              This does require your horse to be respectful on the ground and have good ground manners. So you may need to work on that first.

              I don't use a mounting block when I ride western, so I'm free to move where I need to. I do use one when riding English, but I will just use a lunge whip in my hand to move my horse, while I stand on the mounting block (this is where it is especially important that your horse already has good ground work). If he moves any direction, I use the whip to tap him back into place. Again, I don't mount until they are standing quietly. And it takes as long as it needs to take.

              Side note: I always stretch my horse's front legs after they are cinched, and then walk them for a short period after tightening the girth a second time, before I mount up.
              It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.

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              • #8
                How do you normally approach your horse when you want to get on?

                Will it stands still if you are not trying to get on?

                Is he moving while you have your foot in the stirrup or even before?

                Are you pulling on the rein or giving cues with your foot while mounting?

                I don’t agree with the « backing off » quickly and hard as a punishment for a few reasons :
                - It teaches the horse to back up from fear.
                - If he feels it will get punished, it will back up on itself.
                - Backing up is a movement and not a punishment, your horse will then think you are punishing him anytime you will want to back up...

                Your horse doesn’t understand what you want.
                Be clearer.
                Rinse and repeat.

                Get some help.
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                Originally posted by LauraKY
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                • #9
                  You might want to make sure he's squared up before you mount. He might be backing to balance himself in anticipation of you getting on. I tell mine to "come get me" to get him to the mounting block and then "even up" to get his front and back feet planted before I even think about putting my leg into a stirrup.

                  Also, make sure you leave those reins loose and that you aren't in his mouth, inadvertently causing him to back.

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                  • #10
                    This is an easy fix....Do this,take the reins on the side you mount, bend his head toward whatever side you mount on...keep the pressure on his rein until he stops moving... this will take a few moments, but no more than a minute or so. He will get tired of spinning in a circle. when he stops moving, hold his head there. With the hand that grabs the horn, hold the rein so his head is bent and mount....do this EVERY time you mount and trust me, you will think its magic. IT WORKS... no pain, no meds,no mounting block. I do a lot of cross back country riding and you can't always count on a fence to back in to or a mounting block. This is a perfect, easy, resolution.

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