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Monday, 15 October 2018

Teach Your Horse to Stand Still at the Mounting Block

We all know a horse that is hard to mount.  Some of them just move their feet around a little but others can be dangerous!  Every command mentioned here be taught by following this post - Teach Your Horse The Correct Manners Now.

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Here are some tips to actually get on your horse!  

The Stand Command

Teaching your horse to stand is a basic command.  It helps in all types of situations but is great for the horse that won't stand at a mounting block.  You will take your horse up to the mounting block, line him up and ask him to stand.  This may be enough for some horse's but others you will have to work on moving him while you're on the block.

You may need to move the mounting block around while teaching your horse to stand at it.  I recommend using a *light, plastic mounting block*.  

Light bay Horse being tacked up by a rider wearing dark clothing.

Back up on command

This is great for if your horse moves forward while you're on the mounting block.  Once you have taught your horse this you will be able to ask him to back up with only your voice instead of jumping off to move him back.  I like to use a *long rope* so that I have more control while training.  

Chestnut Horse wearing a bridle.

The Point Command 

This is when you point in a direction and your horse then moves that way.  When your horse isn't far enough forward you can point forwards and click to get your horse's attention.  Everyone has been in the situation of trying to move their horse forward from on top of the mounting block and you will also know how annoying and hard it is!  

Black pony being ridden away from the camera.

Once You're on The Horse

Now you're on the horse it is important to teach your horse to stay standing at the mounting block until you teach him otherwise.  Letting the horse walk off will ruin all your hard work!  If your horse really wants to move his feet and you feel as though he is getting too tense you can back him up instead of walking on.  

horse rider wearing white jodhpurs and a red show jacket riding a chestnut horse.


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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