MOUNTING THE OVEREAGER HORSE - Stop your horse walking straight off as soon as you are on board?

There's nothing more irritating than a horse that wants to walk straight off as soon as you are on board.

Not only is this bad manners, it is also a dangerous habit and needs to be stopped. Once mounted the trick is to encourage your horse to keep still by relaxing your body, quietly stroking your horses neck and keeping your feet out of the stirrups, all the while slowly counting up to 60 in your head. This might be quite difficult at first but stick at it and stay calm.  Over time your horse will learn that nothing exciting is going to happen after you climb on board - apart from you giving some nice pats and strokes. Within a couple of weeks you should find that he stands still when mounted.
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