Horse refusing to stand at mounting block meets Richard Maxwell | Your Horse

Horse refusing to stand at mounting block meets Richard Maxwell | Your Horse


So what we’ve got today
is a mounting problem and a lot of you are going ‘well how the hell did you
get on it, there isn’t that much of a mounting problem?’
This mare’s 10 years old – correct me if I go wrong 10 years old, predominately Thoroughbred
and she’s got ants in her pants so she’s a busy busy person. So the biggest – it’s
more of a nuisance than it’s dangerous but you don’t want it to progress to
dangerous. So do you always… so it’s worse at the competition? So being away from
home is worse than at home? Who’s had an accident getting on a horse? It happens
because you’re sort of between land and air as you’re getting on. So we want to
make sure the horse is as safe as possible and it’s as convenient as
possible and as stress-free as possible So for me the biggest thing I want is
independence. I don’t need somebody to hold my horse’s head and I can get on
them anywhere at the competition at home any of those things. What’s the
number-one thing she does when she goes to the block and she wants to mess
around? She walks away. Does she turn her quarters away from you?
Turns her quarters away, walks backwards she tends to go around you. Does anybody
got a horse that goes around them? Yeah So what we’re after is control of the
horse, but not just control – control in a calm fashion. Now if you’re going to get
on a horse and as you put your foot in the stirrup, the quarters go away from
you, I know I’m telling it to do that but if the quarters go away, you’re kind of
stepping into nothing. So I want to show her that we can have control of this leg. Just this leg, not all of her, one leg and if I can get control of that leg, she’s
gonna have to side pass towards the block so I’ll talk as we go along. So I’m
going to go on the back wall so everybody can have a good look. So I
always find myself up against the school wall or a
hedge or a fence post and rail. I tend not to do it with electric fences because
that zaps you. So from this position I would like to get her from here to here,
but her to come towards me. When you’re asking a horse to change, you will always
get ‘why?’ like a child. ‘Why should I have to do that?’, then when you keep asking they go
double ‘why?’ then ‘no’ then ‘up yours’ then after the ‘up yours’ generally is the
appropriate behavior so what I’m gonna start off doing is using this just to
annoy her a little bit and what I want to do is touch her sides and so she’s
gonna start – see how she threw a head up there? So she thinks that’s what she
should do or that’s what I’m asking her to do so I ignore the fact that she
threw her head up, now she wants to headbutt me. Oh good girl. Now she moved
the left hind onto the inside track and I would like to keep her in that vein so
this is using something to annoy, see annoying is pressure we always think
about pressure has to be something a force of weight, of strength and it isn’t. Pressure is an annoyance. So I touch her Oh hey presto, she comes towards it so
I’ll let her think about this and I don’t praise her right now because to
praise her – she’s had a good little sigh there – to praise her would interrupt her
ability to analyse that she got it right so I’ll ask her again so she headbutts
me first, then she comes towards the stick So you’d think she should go away from
the stick. It’s sprinkled with pixie dust and it’s magnetic so that’s why she’s
coming. We’re nearly there. This is incredibly quick ladies and
gentlemen. So I’m gonna start that one again. I’m gonna walk her along the school,
turn, set her up because what I’m showing her is when she tries to push at me, I’m
not getting out the way. She’s not stupid so she’s not going to go to the fence
so this irritation causes her to think So I don’t want her to walk into me so I
stop that So I’ll get her to move a little bit, so
she’s decided to go back to the fence so I keep touching, I keep touching
she keeps head butting me. Then when she starts to go laterally, I stop tapping. So
she’s got stuck again so I touch her she head butted me again and off she goes. Let her think about it Good. When you take the pressure off at
the appropriate time and the horse starts to understand that their actions
start to take the pressure off themselves, you can then go from obvious
to not so obvious. So I’d like to see if she could start to come towards me
without me having to touch her little touch while she comes So we’re now getting lateral control of
the left hindleg so it works that she’s a chestnut mare, it works that she’s
sensitive because what she would like for me to not do is not tap her. I’d like
that too. Good girl. Now she’s getting it. I can tell her how marvellous she is, also
marvellous for not head-butting me again what I’m after doing now is
getting her to come to the block. I stand on it see what normally happens when this
faffing around starts is we get frustrated and we start going ‘and stand,
and stand – will you bloody well stand still? I’m telling you stand still!’ and
the horse is still faffing around so when she comes to stand next to me and I
leave her alone she starts to think I’ve got this right so I want to know if
there’s any stimulus that will make her move away from this block. Sorry Equibox. See what were we’re worried about is what if something annoys the horse or
surprises the horse into reacting and moving away from the mounting block but,
without humanizing her, in her mind she’s going ‘I’ve worked damn hard enough to
get here, I’m not moving unless I have to thank you very much!’ So all the time she
was trying to push at me or headbutt me or do any of those things, those are
options so now… nearly… it wasn’t that funny! It obviously was! She got very close
and nearly pushed me over the back here I’m going to take back the reins and
just use what we’ve got when our horse is tacked up – reins and bridle that’s all
we’ve got – right now so Here’s the mounting – so she
goes away – annoy, annoy, annoy – good girl Then I leave her alone. So if your
horse has the triggers that you pick up the reins and throw the reins across the
neck – that creates a trigger. You mess with the saddle – that creates another
trigger. You put your foot up into the stirrup and start to do all of these
things and they create triggers. She’s moving So this is handy There we go So back to the triggers – if something
triggers off her to move like doing that – see it triggered her – see this is old habit,
muscle memory and most of the time horses aren’t aware that that’s what
they’re doing. So now she’s got a marker to work on that me doing that is
now not a signal to move. Me putting my foot in the stirrup – see she’s going to
move. So I correct that and we do a little piaffe. And nearly again and we’re
back in the room. She says God, you’re heavier than my mother! No I don’t want to stand still’ so
if you’ve got on them and they start this nonsense. The trick is to just quietly move
them round on the spot so what you say is ‘if you want to move around, feel free’
again she goes ‘probably standing still is easier than moving
around’. You take over the evasion and you could be comes yours not theirs. So we’ve had 45 minutes today. In real time I’d do this for half an hour
tomorrow, the day after that I’d do 15 minutes, the day after that – I call
it the five-four-three-two-one moment five minutes next day, four, next day three,
next day two, and on the one – what I do is I don’t do any of the training, I don’t
do any of this stuff… I’m only getting off this side because the mounting block’s
on that side. Good girl. I think she’s been amazing she deserves
a round of applause. Come on she did better than that. Come on this is a
lovely chestnut mare. Go on, try and move her from the mounting block try and move. Oh come on I said try and move her!

100 thoughts on “Horse refusing to stand at mounting block meets Richard Maxwell | Your Horse

  1. Why would you teach a horse to move into pressure. Why not adress its anxiety first so the horse is comfortable standing still anywhere. Idk it just doesn’t seem like this would turn out well long term.

  2. I taught my horse to line up to the mounting block but by moving away from pressure. He yields his hind quarters really super well, so, I used the lead rip as you usually would to move them in a small circle and move their hind end and I asked him to move his hind end, except (here's the plot twist) I was standing on his OTHER side, so essentially, he was moving into me, but still moving AWAY from pressure, which is how he was taught. While still using the lead rope and voice cues to ask him to move, I also used a dressage whip to lightly tap him to ask him to move away/into me. It took him a short 30 minutes to learn to line up to the mounting block after we had established how he was meant to move (I no longer needed to use to rope, just had to push his neck away from me and use the dressage whip). He lines up now without a dressage whip, I just point to his hind end and cluck and tada, he's moved over for me. People at my pony club wanted me to teach their kids ponies how to to itπŸ˜‚

  3. I don't want my horses to ever move into me or my kids. Especially if I am next to a wall or a fence. We train them to move away from pressure on the ground and under saddle, But good job showing this horse to stand at block. Now How do you now tell this horse to move away from you?

  4. You seasoned horse people would never understand this, but I'm a city gal who has never had exposure to horses, but I've loved them my whole life (I'm 67)… ever since I was a child in the 50s and ice was delivered by a friendly BLIND grey mare. The man would give us ice chips to feed her (I seem to remember him calling her Mary) and I fell in love with horses from then on. Mary even seemed to know each kid along the route. Today, whenever I see a policeman on horseback, I ask to pet the horse. I wish I had grown up among horses. I envy people who have horses in their lives.

  5. The horse doesn’t like to be ridden for some reason enough for it to move away, it associates getting lined up with the mounting to being ridden and some sort of discomfort. Like someone else said the horse will find another way to deter being ridden

  6. And what do you do with a horse that's so stubborn that it wont move off from a whip? I ride an 18.2hh draft that could not give a crap about a whip. At the mounting block he wants to turn and look at me which moves his hind quarters too far off. Any suggestions?

  7. I tried this method but my horse just doesn't even react. (She's a sweet 16 yo appy and new to me) Of course I'm not going to tap harder and hurt her, but what other approach is there?

  8. Richard, I think this is terrific, but I cannot believe we are not setting up confusing signals. I've read the replies about 'aren't horses supposed to move AWAY from pressure', but I still think it is confusing: we train them to move away from the pressure, but now we are asking them to move towards the stimulus…. eg: you are leg-yielding to the right and your left leg is pushing horse to the right, but according to this method, the horse should now move towards your left leg and move left! Please explain.

  9. You're basically solving a problem with another problem. Why would you teach a horse to move into pressure? that will just create more issues in the long run

  10. Her rear hips/legs are hurting her. She needs Bute. You can tell when she’s walking. Stiff in her joints.

  11. So many keyboard warriors who know better. Richard has been doing this for a very long time and can get a tune out of a lot of reluctant horses. What people have to remember is that this is a 45 minute slot in a large day of demos, he has probably only just met the horse and has to work with what is in front of him. He could very easily have said, "this horse has a slight pain issue so we won't bother today, all of you people who have paid for the demo just take my word for it that the problem can be fixed." Instead he has given a demonstration of HIS way of dealing with unwanted behaviours. The horse has not been ridden or chased round and round, so if there is a pain issue he has hardly exacerbated the problem with hard work. By the look on her face the mare is not going to take negative memories away from the day. Perhaps the "experts" should get off their high horses and be a little bit more open to someone else's way of doing things. Nobody has all the answers no matter how perfect you think you are. Personally, I enjoyed the demo and will take something away from it – remain calm when my anxious mare can't stand still.

  12. I've seen ONE person doing this and I wondered why. That goes against all you want to teach a young horse the first times your mounting it. It did not stay still. I just bend the head towards me. If it gets scared or whatever it can't run away forward. Just in a small circle. I used that many years ago on a 3 year old 180 CM high horse. I used a latter. Two times I lost my cellphone out of my pocket out on trails and I didn't find any huge stone to get up on. So I bend her head and mounted her by the stirrup for the first time in the Forrest on the way HOME. She stood still. And later at competitions people always offered to hold her, but I reclined. Now I have her daughter which I've trained the same way. This one is a black hot headed one. Not a red-haired as her mother and she has been doing it well as well. She is now 4 years old and NO professional trainer wanted to ride her, so I had to do it myself. It's has been great.

  13. Horrible training method
    He is actually hitting her to make her move
    You can see she doesn’t like it by: twitching her skin, putting her head up,also by putting her ears back
    And at 9:28 the horse does a hop

  14. whats the point of the helmet if, if you fall the helmet will fall off your head…(the straps not attached properly)

  15. I had a friend who broke her leg when her horse stepped away from the mounting steps. Strangely his name is Big Boy also.

  16. Sorta nasty aggressive spoiled mare. Why doesn't he address the head butting?
    Intimidated rider has been letting mare get away with dominating. I do not understand why he would teach her to move into him. I mean, I get that she is now coming towards him for mounting. But this could end badly unless he deals with her tendency to be aggressive. Likely end up getting sandwiched into the wall. Not a fan of this technique.

  17. This horse performs this behaviour more at shows. This tells me that the horse is anxious at shows and regards them as unpleasant

  18. I’m definitely going to try this! I ride western, but most the time I go bareback and my horse refuses to stand still when I climb on something to mount her from. I think my mare has a similar personality to this one, so it’ll be interesting to see if this works for us.

  19. Can someone explaine why she has to move into the pressure?

    Under saddle the horse has to move away from the pressure. Isnt this really confusing for her?

  20. omg the end was amazing how she responded to the applause… What a pretty horse… He corrected a bad habit so fast!

  21. I love horses but I have never ridden one ever! This is a beautiful horse and I am not sad I somehow got here and watched this!!

  22. It's always amazing to bear witness to the intelligence of such a wonderful creature as the horse. Truly stunning!

  23. He keeps cutting off a sentence without finishing it. Annoying as hell and very common on Glenn Beck as a nutty radio host. This guy fell into that mental trap , too. Or he may have problems similar to Glenn's

  24. Phantastic piece of horse training. However it does not solve the cause of the horse refusing to stand still at the mounting block. Over decades of riding different horses and some accidents I have found that it is us, not them, who cause this type of unwanted behaviour ranging from the way we mount (especially for young horses this is a problem) to the way we ride them and any type of pain or discomfort. After riding my horse Hidalgo (who has KSS) for 2 weeks in line with core strengthening as devised by the Vicomte Simon Cocozza, Hidalgo stood next to the mounting chair and waited for me while I went back to the stable to get something. It was amazing. If you really want to solve all these issues ride your horse in such a way that it can carry you well.

  25. You’ve taken over the evasion and my momma loves it so do I. Standing ovation for the chestnut mate πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯😎

  26. So if I Understand it correctly the intent of this "instruction" is to teach a horse to stand at the mounting block when you mount….This was never demonstrated…as soon as he mounted the horse moved immediately away from the block…. This is a 15 minute exercise to get a horse to stay at the mounting block …not matter what. D- rating

  27. I had a mule that would not stand still aways what they jigging. I put a new heavy straight bit with a tongue roller. The first ride in the spring and she stopped and stood on three legs , cured. And ride with lite hands.

  28. I know nothing of horses other than they are beautiful animals. But could someone tell me about the coloring of this horse? Surely that can't be natural.

  29. Is he working with a green horse???? I’ve pushed horses back on the block and they’ve settled down; they want to move when mounted, I push them back and get immediate results.? What’s going on with this horse? I want to put my daughter on her. ? Lodie

  30. Yeah, I ruined my left knee at age 12 getting on a 16h horse without a Mounting block because some random hoity toity barn witch told this 12 yr old not to be a wus and get on the horse"properly." For some reason, maybe because she was filthy rich, she believed she knew everything. I wanted the mounting block but she took it away. When I started to mount, my knee blew out and my life as a young athlete ended. A lifetime of pain & agony for just respecting and obeying my elder… someone who had no business telling me anything.
    Quite a harsh lesson to learn at age 12. The lesson of trusting your gut instinct.
    Had nothing to do with that wonderful school horse that always did everything I asked; my beloved horse that I never got to see again after the injury.
    Loved this video! Thanks!

  31. I want to know how we stop our horse going backwards , you can't turn him, he bends his head round, you give him his head , still goes backward, give him leg we go backwards , on odd occasion he will kick out and bunny hop, usually when I try to force it. It's mainly my daughter he does it with, to me he's being stubborn and naughty, and realised she eventually gets off to walk him, he's fine if iam walking beside them or in front, he has tried it with me but seems to be if there's something he can't see he's not sure about , but he just tries it randomly with her ?? Be nice to hack forward going than in reverse lol

  32. didnt like that at all. this way, u teach the horse to come against u. and if she learns it, but you want to get her AWAY from you, so she will come against u. so what can u do when u want to get her away from u? it will not work. most of the horses have learned to move away from pressure. there are many better ways to deal with this problem

  33. Perhaps the mare doesn't want to be ridden. Did anyone ask her permission before they put ANY tack on her?

  34. Looking at this video and analysing the behaviour the horse is displaying. Not labelleing the horse as "busy" "stupid" or anything else, just look at the behaviour. The mare is displaying the behaviour that she knows to try and communicate. It's not helpful to label the horse without understanding the behaviour.

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