Wednesday November 11, 2020


How do I stop my pony from moving when I try to mount? My family's pony Dusty rarely stands still when I go to mount. He also doesn't like being tacked up. When he sees the tack, he walks off to the other side of the yard, because he knows being tacked up means 'work'. I do manage to tack him up and then the biggest problem is mounting, because then he either steps sideways or walks forward so that I can't mount. When we first got him (nearly 2 years ago) he was fine, but then it just came on. I would be really struggling to mount, and he would be walking forward like a racehorse. Then a few months ago I decided I'd try and work with him, although I didn't have any set things I would do. This is what I did though.
I'd attempt to mount (bareback) and when he moved, whether it was forward or sideways, I'd then push him back to the spot where we started. His habit had gotten so bad that whenever someone put their hands on him and at the same time stood on the side you mount from, he would threaten to kick, stomp his hoof, and then usually move sideways. Thankfully he didn't move to the side I would be standing on, but it was and is a problem. Anyway, my working with him did help a lot, but now he's gone backwards again. I'm going to try what I did again, but do you have a solution?


Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to say to you that I went through the same learning process that I am going to ask you to experience. The first thing you need to do is eliminate is the possibility of a medical issue. Are you using a mounting block or are you perhaps causing him discomfort when you pull yourself up? A horse will avoid painful procedures and if this is the case, I strongly suggest the mounting block. 
On my Online Uni there is a video lesson on this very subject. The Mounting Block lesson is something I learned rather recently. I now realize that within 3-4 days I could have your horse coming to the mounting block, moving sideways, and moving for you to get on. He will stand still and take a step back before moving forward. It’s there and you are invited to view the whole process:

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Hello, my name is Federica and I am contacting you from Italy, Milan. Since I was 6 I have been riding a horse, purely English riding, flat work and show jumping but only for pleasure. Now at the age of 35, together with my husband, I am about to revive the dream of having my own horse. This is the point: I fell in love on sight and I must say reciprocated in trust by a beautiful 4-year-old Italian trotter (son of Timoko). The horse ran very little and was deemed unsuitable for sulky racing as it breaks at a trot and gallops. The crux of the matter is: in your opinion, using your principles and getting help from those who know trotting horses, is it possible to put on the saddle and use it as a horse for flat work and for walks? Thank you.

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