Come Over!

How to teach your horse to pick up its rider from a raised mounting platform.

by

Certified Farrier - Colt Starting Trainer
Jack Griffes

(517) 7 Five Nine - 2 Nine 1 8
Lenawee County, Michigan
United States of America



Training horses always involves some risk of injury (or even death) to the horse, the trainer, any spectators, equipment used, etc. - this risk is totally your own as you will be making your own judgements on what to do. As with any suggestions on any subject you must weigh them out for yourself and proceed accordingly - at your own risk.

Yes the horse can be taught to be responsible to move itself into position so you can easily mount from any raised mounting platform. It is so much easier to have the horse move itself into position to pick up its rider than trying to position your horse next to a mounting block then climb up only to have the horse move away and you get down again and move the horse back over - again and again. Yes make the horse responsible to move itself into position so you can easily mount it from a raised mounting platform.

Teaching Avi, my personal horse, (a well trained horse)
to pick up her rider from a raised mounting platform
Session One

Teaching Hank the Missouri Fox Trotter (a horse just learning to be a ridden)
to pick up his rider from a raised mounting platform
Session One
(sorry for poor video quality due to rapidly fading daylight)

Teaching Hank the Missouri Fox Trotter (a horse just learning to be ridden)
to pick up his rider from a raised mounting platform
Session Two

Teaching Hank the Missouri Fox Trotter (a horse just learning to be ridden)
to pick up his rider from a raised mounting platform
progress in one week

Teaching Hank the Missouri Fox Trotter (a horse just learning to be ridden)
to pick up his rider from a raised mounting platform
progress in two and a half weeks
this is being done with only the halter and lead
with the horse coming straight from the pasture

Demo of Hank the Missouri Fox Trotter (a horse just learning to be ridden)
dropping off his rider on a raised mounting platform
two and a half weeks after first learning to pick up rider.
Hank came straight from the pasture
bareback with a halter and the lead tied as a closed loop rein.

Hank the Missouri Fox Trotter (a horse just learning to be ridden)
had over a week off training
so will he remember the "pick up your rider" command?
Has the horse accepted responsibility to put himself in position?



Jack Griffes


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