A little note that happend to me the other day.....
Big Mamma's shoes were a little loose, so I was not doing too much with her until the farrier comes out to fix them. But she still needed SOME exercise...so I decided to hop on her bareback with her halter and ride her around the grounds
Big Mamma stands next to the three step mounting block for me to 'jump' up on her. To do this, I put one leg over her back and jump off of the other leg.....since she stands like a complete statue. However.....this time......I forgot that I left my spurs on my boots from my other horse. I put my leg over her back (which is like three feet across)....and jumped, forgetting about the spur that I just jammed into the side of her back! She tensed and trotted about ten feet. She stopped, blew her nose out at me and looked at me like, "What the heck woman!" I held onto her mane, half way on during this moment. She seemed to look back at me as she trotted those ten feet to make the decision if she should continue that trot or stop because I was on her. It truely seemed like she was concerned, even though she freaked out. Well, she decided to take care of me! Poor Mamma. SUCH A GOOD HORSE!!!!! She stood completely still, let me get situated on her, while having the attitude like, "I hope you are done with your silly antics now...lets continue on, as normal."
Oh xD What a good girl!! I think her and my mare must be separated at birth.
My mare has had me on her a total of 3 times, with just very little rides, essentially a pony ride the first time and the next two were just learning leg=move. Then we moved and she had a few months off, I decided it was time to start her again, but I had no mounting block at our new house. Three times I tried to mount from the ground, without scaring her. She stood like a stone as I took sad leaps in her general direction, the third time I kicked her in her bum - which just let out a huff and gave me a look as if to say 'just what is it you're actually trying to do?!' - but continued to stand still. Finally I tried lining her up with our fence, which was tough as she hadn't learned yet to stay where I put her, she constantly wants to face me. So I'd line her up and move toward her back and she'd turn to face me. Finally I got her to stand while I climbed stupidly up the fences half facing her, I rubbed and pat her back and she stood quietly so I put a foot on her back (which was a good distance off), she continued to stand patiently, so I went for it! I just jumped, landed on her, she jogged a step or two then stopped to look at me "really?! That's all you wanted?".
Guess what I got for Christmas this year ;) (A Mounting block!) from my petrified Fiance who stood by watching as my very patient pony tolerated me XD
This is why all I'll ever own will be drafts! (ok and a few ponies and donkeys probably :P)