Stand to Mount
You might have him standing in the corner with fence in front of him, fence on his right side and mounting block on his left side then simulate mounting repeatedly without actually getting on. Walk up & down the mounting block, grab the stirrup, bump him in the shoulder with your knee, put your foot in the stirrup then step back down on the ground and rub him for standing still. Repeat this several times before actually mounting so you desensitize him to all of your movements during the mounting process.
When you do finally arrive in the saddle just sit there, relax and rub on him even before you put your right foot in the stirrup. Maintain your connection with him instead of wiggling around trying to get your other stirrup which would add energy to the situation and indicate to him to move his feet. (By the way, you should be able to put your right foot in the stirrup without reaching for it or looking at it.)
Let me know how this works for you.
Enjoy the Journey,
Ed Dabney is an internationally acclaimed clinician, presenting horsemanship and riding clinics all over the US and in Europe. In 2007, Ed was named Champion of the East Coast Trainer Challenge Series by Equine Extravaganza. Ed was honored to have been selected by the University of Georgia to teach their senior level Young Horse Training course.
His training articles have appeared in many major national magazines. Ed produces instructional videos and the “Gentle Horsemanship” TV program which has been seen on RFD-TV.
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