Dusty and I had a chance to get in a ride on Saturday. I led her up to the mounting block and positioned her. Usually, the minute I step up on the mounting block, it is Dusty’s cue to swing her hind end out. Not this time though. Rocked her saddle a bit, put weight in the stirrup and she stood still. Okay, show time. I swung my leg over and sat in the saddle. Nothing. Not one move on her part except for stomping a fly off her leg and she placed her foot solidly back where it was. No head tossing, no movement at all. Yes!
Cued her to move off at a walk, which she did beautifully. We decided to keep it short and sweet since she was being so cooperative. After a few figure eights at the trot bending correctly and doing anything I asked I halted and dismounted. Asked this particular palomino what she had done with the real Dusty. Obviously, Dusty got lots of praise and hugs. When we got back to the barn she got her treats for a job well done.
It seems for the time being she’s got the whole mounting process under control (or should I say her attitude about it under control.) Only time will tell if the mounting lessons have taken root permanently in her brain and she’ll be perfectly well behaved from here on out. I can say that I’m very pleased with her progress and can only hope it lasts forever. If I say out loud that her mounting problems are cured I fear I’ll only be jinxing myself and setting myself up for disappointment. We’ll keep working on this for as long as it takes, but we’ve made real progress in a short time.
Until next time
Quote for Today
There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.
- Rolf Kopfle -