Techniques I use:
Pole Work in The Lunge Arena:
Using the same exercise, minus the middle pole, I do a lot of canter work also. I only tend to use this in a canter if I find Dante is full of energy or is simply not listening to me. It’s a great one to use to get him to concentrate properly, not just having him aimlessly canter around the lunge in circles!
Do remember though, keeping things interesting and keeping your young horse thinking & not anticipating every move really gets them working well. If you feel like there getting bored in the lunge arena, try all the same techniques out in a field see how they get on, sometimes a change of scenery is all they need, it will really pin point their progress for you!!
I often bring Dante into the lunge arena to let him stretch his legs, instead of doing proper work, again its letting him know that every time he sees me it doesn’t mean he has to have a gruelling work out!
Note: Dante has no Back/saddle issues, it is one of those things I have been putting at the end of the to do list since I bought him, my patience isn’t the best, and good patience is exactly what you need when working on getting him to be a good mounter.
- Mount in Stages. Start off on standing on the mounting block, reward him if he stands still. Move onto putting one foot in the stirrup and again reward him when he stands still. if he moves, start again from the beginning! Continue this technique until you are fully mounted, keeping in mind that when I am on him he must stand still until I instruct him to walk on.
- In the arena, (this tends to be where he is most sceptical of being mounted) If possible get a reliable person the hold him still while I mount, letting him realise & figure out that standing still is what I want him to do, eventually not needing the person to hold him at all.