How To Teach a Horse to Stand Still While Being Mounted: Star Treatment
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How To Teach a Horse to Stand Still While Being Mounted: Star Treatment

August 16, 2019

(hard rock music) – She would stand still for a minute until you got your foot in the stirrup and then she would take off. Never got her to stand
still the whole time. Not what I was looking for. Oh (bleep). She’s going to hurt both of us. – Most people want to fix their behavioral problem from on the saddle. I want to do it from the
ground where I’m safe. I’m gonna make that rear-end
hustle. That’s easy. You wanna move your feet, that’s fine, but your gonna move them on my terms. Move that rear-end! (record scratches) Well, that was interesting. – (gasp) – It wouldn’t do that again.
– (bleep) (bright upbeat music) – I’m Clinton Anderson and I have a method for training horses. Getting horses to behave is simple. It’s training people
that’s the real trick. Join me as I tackle some
of the most challenging situations with problem horses
and with problem owners. (upbeat music) (country music) To be able to enjoy a horse, you got to be able to get on him. But to do that, you better
have a horse respectful. Otherwise, it can be pretty dangerous. (glass breaks)
(bleep) (country music) – She’s a registered Tennessee walker. She’s eight years old. And I got her cause she was pretty and
she was a gated horse. And at my age, I just
want something that’s a slow ride now. Don’t
want to do anything wild. When I was a kid, I
had a horse at thirteen and kept her til thirty,
and she was the only horse I’ve ever had. So this is like, the second horse, but
she is a little wild. She has little issues
we need to work through. Come on! Seems like everything is just like she’s a beginner, like a colt.
I bought a round pen, and I’ve been trying to work her in the round pen before I rode her and it kinda calmed her down. I started by trying to tie her up and get
on and off. Of course that worked cause she had nowhere to go. Tried putting her in the round pen and doing the whoa and
pulling back on the reins when I was trying to get on. She would stand still
for a minute until you got your foot in the
stirrup and halfway up and she would take off. (dramatic music) Never got the end result, never got her to stand still the whole time.
Not what I was looking for. (dramatic music) (sigh) It scares me for her that
she’s gonna hurt herself and it scares me for me that
something is gonna happen and she’s gonna hurt both of us. I just want us to both be safe, really. This is what I’m looking for here. (country music) – A horse that walks off
when you go to get on him is just plain disrespectful and dangerous. You wouldn’t go to get in
your car would you mate, if it was moving down the road, you’d stop and put the handbrake on. I wanna teach my horses to stand still, be respectful when I go to get on him. It’s a safety thing for me and the horse. Well if you remember on last
week’s show, we had Melissa. Melissa good to have you
on this show again, mate. And her horse, Star, and both
of them had some problems. (dramatic music) We worked through the
trailering, didn’t we? My method is all about respect, isn’t it? Getting control. Getting
that horse to move his feet forwards, backwards, left and right. And after we did that for about
an hour, she really changed her overall attitude. (upbeat music) A bit further. Okay. Well, there’s more
issues here, isn’t there? There’s more things that
need some attention. (rock music) – [Melissa] When I try to get on her, she wants to go before I’m in the saddle. – How do you get on her,
does somebody hang on to her, or what do you do? – It’s the rolling mount. – Right, you kinda mount
on the go is that right? Okay. You just show me
exactly what you would normally do with her.
I just wanna see kinda how you interact with her,
how she interacts with you. – (shh) No. Be still. – Okay, and so then
how do you get on then? Show me how you’d get on. – Be still (shh). Quit that. No. Whoa- – Like that? – Yes. – Okay, so she’s walking off
as you’re trying to get on. That’s more of what she
does there, correct? – Yes. – And every once in a
while you’ll get lucky – (laugh) – And she’ll stand there
and let you get off. – Yes. – Okay mate, why don’t you
hop down bring here over here and let me mess with her. Most people wanna try to
fix their horse’s behavioral problems from on the saddle. I wanna fix it on the ground. Okay, so let me get started here. (surf rock music) (dramatic piano music) (hard rock music) Her not wanting to stand still is a combination of a
couple different things. It’s a combination of a lack of respect, she’s not respecting
you. When you say whoa, she’s taking that for granted, isn’t she? – Right – The first step in fixing
this problem is again, going back to the
source. The horse did not respect the human being. And the horse did not how to move his feet forwards, backwards, left and right. She’s obviously using what? The reactive side of her brain.
She’s wanting to fidget. She gets nervous, doesn’t she? She gets nervous and wants to fidget, and she doesn’t want to stand still. The reason why that was happening is the horse had no respect for his owner. So sometimes, when training horses you’ve got to go back to
the source of the problem, fix that and then what
you originally thought the problem was, well
actually, it’d be disappeared and it’ll be gone. It won’t
even be there anymore. So basically what I wanna do is, before I actually ask to get on her, I wanna get her in the
right frame of mind. So, how would we get her to use the thinking side of her brain? – Work her. – Work her, but working her means what? Moving her feet.
– Moving her feet. – Okay, so before I try
to get on her I’m gonna spend some time just
moving here feet around and making standing still
will look what? Easy – Oh, like the trailer – Like the trailer. Come on, move your feet. To the other side. (clicking) I can’t train a horse if
there’s no energy in the feet. I want her, that as soon
as I back her off… I want her feeling safer on the trailer, then what she does off the trailer. Does that make sense? Okay
so let me get started here. So, initially I might just
do something simple here. And I might just move her rear end around. (rock music) Just move her rear end around. Just use the stick and
disengage your hind quarters. So the first thing I did
is I started to yield the horses hind quarters,
and basically move his feet. But the difference is now I’m
the one calling the shots, I’m the one moving the feet. Just go chase it a little
bit. Move that rear end. If you wanna move your
feet, I’m gonna move them but it’s gonna be on my terms. (rock music) She wants to move it around, just go chase it a little bit. Move that rear end. – (gasp) When the horse flipped over
backwards, I have never seen anything like that. I was shocked. Part of me didn’t know
they could even do that. – I didn’t worry too much
about it, well first of all there’s nothing I can do
about it, it already happened. And second of all, I’m not
worried about the horse rearing up, because it
only reared up because it’s reacting. If I gain
control of a horse’s feet and I get him to respect
me, he won’t wanna react in panic anymore. – That might break that
rearing up habit too because now she’s scared that she might flip over every time she
does that so that might be a good thing that she
taught herself a lesson. – So then she reared
over backwards just then. I just went and caught her,
and what am I gonna do now? Go back and move her feet again. Don’t worry about that,
that’s her problem. If she’s big enough and ugly enough to fall over backwards, that’s her problem. Move those feet. Move those feet. Move those feet. It looked a lot worse than
it was, almost fell over. Get him up and get him back to business. Move those hind quarters. Move those feet. And I just change, and
move her around this way. Move these feet. There. There. Now, I’m just gonna
get in beside her here and make this look easy. I might act like I’m gonna put my foot in the stirrup. You see that? Make standing still, look easy. I might pull on the
saddle a little bit here. Stimulate as if I’m gonna get on. Tighten up my girth a little bit. Might put my foot in
the stirrup. Get ready. Now she wants to move around I’m gonna go move her around. Hey, you wanna move,
come on now let’s move. Pretty soon it made
standing still look easy. But I’m gonna make you hustle, I’m gonna make you work, I’m gonna make it uncomfortable for you. (rock music) (dramatic music) Check out our latest catalog
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call this number and we’ll send it to your door free of charge. (music) I want him to think that
standing still is a reward and moving his feet is hard work. Now she wants to walk off, I step down. I immediately move those feet around. Move those feet around. Move those feet around. And I go back, leave her alone. I want him to think
standing still is a reward and moving his feet is hard work. Ah, I might try something different. I might back her up (clicking) Tap her on the chest. Make her back up. Horses are forward-aholics
by general nature they’re always thinking
forward. By backing him up it got him to think about me, and it also made him realize that, man standing still that’s a reward. I want her to think standing
still is a lot easier than moving around. Back her up (clicking) So backing the horse up
also counter-balanced the horse’s desire to wanna go forward. Go forward go forward. Ah, good girl. (brava) Now instead of getting
on, I’m gonna get off. She thinks every time somebody
steps up in that saddle that she has to go somewhere. I’m gonna say, hey I might get off. But you don’t have to worry
about trying to go somewkere. Okay? Get back on. (triumphant music) Okay. Now, when I walk off
right now what would I do? Get off. Good girl. I might go ahead and get back on again. I wanna show her, that standing still is the best option. – When I saw Clinton working with her and he said if she wanted to
move her feet well then she’s gonna move her feet. And it just clicked in my mind. – Like she went to walk off, I’d step off. I’d yield her hind quarters. I’d disengage that rear end. I might back her up a little bit. Start it again. – You wanna keep moving, keep moving. And in the end, you wanna rest? Well then you can rest
and I’ll get on and off. It’s just like a common
sense thing but until somebody shows you that it
doesn’t click in your brain. – If you sent her to me I
would ride her for a week. I’d do nothing but ground work for a week. I’d prepare her so that
when I start riding her a week from now, she won’t wanna walk off. Remember what I said? It’s preparation isn’t it? I didn’t make the horse stand still, I made it the easiest option
for him to stand still and then eventually he
thought it was his idea. Right I want you to come
over here mate, have a go. She gave me a bit of a workout. (rock music) (hard rock music) – [Narrator] Step up
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you the ultimate collection of his wildly popular training method kits at a packaged price. (rock music) – Hold your stick, like
that, and just go ahead and bend her head and
yield the hind quarters. Bend her head around like I was, bend her head towards the saddle. Shorten up the rein, shorten up the rein. Shorten it up, bend it towards the saddle. Like that. Good girl, run in there. Run run run run run,
run! You yourself, run. That’ it, bend her head
towards the saddle. That’s it, disengage that rear end. There. Now stop – (phew) Well when Clinton does
it, it looks really easy, but when you do it, there’s
a lot of things that you have to keep under
control at one time. – Now she wants to move,
what are you gonna do? Move her feet! Come on, move her feet, bend her head. Move those feet, move those feet. Move those feet. Move those feet, now do
it the other direction. Bend her head the other way. Quickly. Get in there. Because we moved the
horse’s feet, and done a lot of change of direction,
he had given us the leadership in the relationship.
He’d given us the control. We’re number one he was number two. Now, go to get on her,
go to get halfway on her. Okay? And if she goes to move
you immediately step down. Okay? There you go. Now hop down. When a horse gives you the leadership role he becomes submissive. He
becomes a willing partner. Get on. There you go! Rub on her neck, rub on her neck. That’s it. If she goes to walk
off what are you gonna do? – Hop off and do it again. – Step off and move her feet again. I wanted that horse to
stand still and relax even if he wasn’t tired, because he knew that standing still was
what was the expected behavior that he had to perform. She’s breathing, a little bit heavy but she’s not tired. You might be tired. Okay? – (laugh) – She ain’t tired. She
is standing still because she is using the thinking
side of her brain. You’ve gained her respect by what? Moving her feet. Remember in the trailering,
once we gained her respect she got quiet didn’t she? Is she quiet now? – Yes. – So getting her tired has
got nothing to do with this. And the other reason she’s
standing still is because we made standing still look
like, what? The best option. – Yes. – We said, if you wanna move, let’s move. We used a little reverse
psychology didn’t we? – Yes. – Then we said, would
you like to stand still? And she said, thank god
I’d love to stand still I’ve been dreaming about
standing still when you get on me all day. Her not standing still
was a symptom of a cause. Her not getting on the trailer
was a symptom of a cause. All horse’s problems come
from a lack of respect or fear. And that’s one
thing that I try to get across to everybody. Whatever you think your problem is is not your problem. It’s a symptom of a cause. The horse’s either lack
of respect or fear. If you’re unlucky your horse has both. – The problem with her
not standing still was probably me, but again, I didn’t know how to correct it. – That’s it, get a little bend. You notice now she’s not throwing her head in the air, is she? – Nah – Remember when I first
took a hold of the bit she’d throw her head up in the air. – Yeah – That’s why she flipped over backwards cause she was real still. You feel how she’s bending now? – She’s got it now. (laugh) – Now, stop and get on
her. Drop the stick. Just get on her. You don’t even have a
hold of the reins now, look how confident you are now. Good girl. Look at the difference. (surf music) – Amazing. Once again, Clinton Anderson
has fixed the problem. – A lot of people just get on their horse and immediately go somewhere and they cause half these problems. – Right. – Horses are creatures of
habit, if you just get on and go she’s thinks, okay I’m supposed to go. Get on and off a few times for a few days and teach her, just
because you get on doesn’t mean the car is going anywhere. Look at her, licking
her lips, she’s quiet. Your horse wants to be good she just needs an effective leader. – I’m excited to get home
and start working on it. – Look at that mate, standing
there like a statute. Rub on her. That’s good job,
are you happy with that? – Yes, absolutely.
Congratulations. – Thank you so much. – Well mate I hope you’ve enjoyed that. Yet again, we’ve proved to
you again, if you follow the method it doesn’t matter
what problem your horse has, you can fix it. Okay? Remember, your horse’s
behavior will change when you change the way
that you interact with them. Gain your horse’s
respect, get him using the thinking side of their
brain, and all your problems will disappear. Until next week mate. Take care of yourself, keep
up following the method and we look forward to seeing you again. I’m very proud of you mate,
you did an excellent job. – Thank you. – [Clinton] If you’d like
more information mate, on any of the products
seen on today’s show click on our website at and we’ll send you a free catalog mate. (rock music)

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