When Your Horse Walks Off When You’re Trying to Mount
-a Horse Training article by Pat Parelli
We’ve all seen the desperate rider who’s halfway up into the saddle when the horse jogs off. The rider starts yelling and grasping for horn, saddle string, cantle, breast collar, pommel, mane – anything that he or she can reach. It may sound (and look) funny, but that can be a very dangerous situation.
Getting your horse to stand while you mount is not difficult. A horse that’s being mounted starts into motion when he gets off balance. So most of this “he won’t stand” behavior is caused when people ask the horse to bear their weight during mounting (lopsided, mostly) when the horse is unbalanced. The horse shifts around to gain his balance, and then he just keeps moving.
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