5SECRETS TO SUCCESS
ALLOW plenty of time.
PICK A SPOT away from
distractions, such as other horses
or green grass.
MAKE SURE your horse can concentrate. Don’t train close to feeding
times, and be generous with the fly
spray if it’s bug season.
ALWAYS END your training on a
good note. If your horse has been
dancing around forever but finally
stands still as you climb the mounting
block, pet him, say good boy, and
put him away. He will more readily
remember the next time that standing
still was the correct thing to do.
LEAVE THE TREATS at home. Treats
can distract your horse and he may
turn toward you, trying to sniff through
your pockets. Try a kind word and a
pat to reinforce good manners.
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Keep your horse standing quietly next
to the mounting block while you step
up next to him. To start, it helps to
have a friend or trainer who can stand
beside the horse.
Be ready to correct with the reins
and your voice if the horse starts to
move, and reward when he stands.
Your horse should learn to stand
quietly while you step up and down
the mounting block multiple times on
either side of his body.
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Put weight into the stirrup and ask
your horse to stand still. Repeat until
he stands easily and reward instantly
when progress is made.
Be ready to correct with your voice
and the reins if the horse tries to
move away from the block.
both the near
and off side.