Any advice for how to train a green youngster to stand reliably at the mounting block? I have Cerebral Palsy. Thanks to a lot of intensive therapy and an excellent therapeutic riding program when I was young, I’ve overcome many of my CP symptoms. Mounting, however, is still challenging for me. Lifting my left foot into the stirrup and then actually shifting my balance to push up and swing over the horse is hard for me. My first horse was a super tolerant schoolmaster who I knew I could count on to stand for me.
My new 5yo OTTB isn’t fresh off the track by any means - retired from racing as a 3yo in 2018. He’s an absolute gem once I’m on, but he does have some of those wiggly baby habits still. My guess is that the trainer and working students who rode him before I bought him were all agile enough to just leap on so he didn’t need to stand. He tends to want to back up, though. This scares me because a couple of times I’ve nearly gotten my foot stuck in the stirrup and almost gotten pulled off the block.
Any advice for how to work on standing at the mounting block, and/or tips to help me overcome this new anxiety when it comes to mounting?