Training with Josh Nichol: From the Ground Up – Mounting Block 101

Good riding begins from the ground up, but sometimes, it's getting off the ground and into the saddle that challenges our horsemanship most. Teaching a horse to stand quietly as you climb into the saddle is a problem for many riders. The additional thought of asking a horse to quietly walk up to a mounting block and present himself in perfect mounting position is beyond the expectations of many. The truth is that this simple request should be one of the basic questions your horse gladly answers before every ride. In previous articles with trainer and clinician Josh Nichol, you learned how to perfect the communication between yourself and your horse. This new series will focus on bringing that new understanding into the saddle. Nichol will delve into some of the tasks and manoeuvres commonly asked of horses that even seasoned riders often struggle with. We will begin by demystifying…

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