I have a four years old lipizzaner mare. I have started to work with her about four months ago.
She is very confident with me on the ground with good manners. I am trying to teach her let me to mount from both sides. On the leftside everything is fine, but if I try to mount from the right side she oppose by stepping around and trying to bite me. However within a few minutes I can convince her that nothing bad will happen and get on her.
My question is should I push the note or just simply mount her from left side and let the time solve this problem. I don't want to create a phobia behavior with repetition of this situations.
My second question is how to build the horse's confidence in me when I'm riding her?. If I make sudden moves in the saddle, moving my arms or legs she gets very nervous, tries to buck or kick wich indicates for me the missing of confidence in the rider.
If I'm on the ground, I can put anything on her, plastic objects, sack or even puppet rider and she stays calm.
I was her first rider and probably my lack of experience has created this issues with her.