Getting on From the Fence


Getting on from the fence is a handy trick to have in your arsenal. It’s one of the most important things I believe we can teach our horses to do.

I went years poo-pooing this idea. For the love!!!! I didn’t need my horse to pick me up! Goodness! I was young, flexible and could get on anything! And then I realized: it’s not about being able to get on from anywhere. It’s actually about teaching the horse to be a willing partner: to search for what you want.

Admittedly, I also couldn’t figure out, for the life of me, how to actually accomplish this “feat”. I’d spent upwards of 4 hours trying — on more than one occasion. The reason that I had no success was that I simply didn’t believe in the need to teach the horse. My lack of belief manifested itself in the horse, wiggling around, nowhere near the fence.

And then I had a revelation.

It wasn’t about me.

Whether or not I could get on from the ground wasn’t the point.

Teaching the horse one more thing that could help them become a willing partner; a participant in this thing we call riding; that was the point!

Furthermore, if you ride or start colts, this only makes sense as something to teach them. Becase I am not a bronc rider yet, I do start colts. And this is way to stack the deck in my favor, if you will. I can teach the horse to come to me while I sit on the fence. As a result, he gets good at seeing something from the level of his back. I can throw a rope or toss stuff over his back so he gets to see things out of both eyes. This simply makes for a safer horse, all around.

I made a little video for you showing and reiterating all of this. However, it may take you more time or less time, than it took me, depending on how solid your groundwork is, how quiet your horse is, how good they lead, etc. Please feel free to comment with questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Best of luck!

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