The Mounting Drill with Steve Rother

If you have ever watched people attempt to mount their horses, you may be surprised by how difficult this seemingly simple task can be. Often, the rider positions the horse and then scrambles to mount before the horse moves off. The ‘Bump Up to a Fence’ exercise is designed to improve your mounting experience, and is great for helping get both you and your horse focused before a ride. Depending on how often you do this exercise, and how much you like to challenge your horse, it will help with balance, trust, try, respect and feel. The finished product of this drill will be your horse delivering himself parallel to you while you are on a fence or a mounting block, so that you can easily get on. It is easiest to start out with a lead rope at least 12’ in length and a partner stick or dressage whip…

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