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post #1 of 84 Old 03-23-2012, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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How do YOU dismount?

I ride english, which is why i put it in this category.

Both feet out of the stirrups? Left one left in until what point?? just curious. Do you mind giving reasons why you do one way or the other?
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post #2 of 84 Old 03-23-2012, 02:26 PM
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Truly depends on who I am getting off of and where.

Standard - swing right leg over rump, touch ground, remove left foot

Young/training/tall horse - swing right leg over rump, lean towards offside, remove left foot and slip quietly to ground

At an event - depends on the crowding. I get off right or left side - mount right or left side. If I have been sitting for a long time, one leg is usually hooked on the horn and I might swing that so I am sitting sideways and just slide down.
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I was taught to swing my leg over, lean towards offside and remove left from stirrup, then slide down by my instructor. This is in case the horse starts to spook as you're dismounting. Having started quite a few youngsters I think it's a good idea,lol
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Truly depends on who I am getting off of and where.

Standard - swing right leg over rump, touch ground, remove left foot

Young/training/tall horse - swing right leg over rump, lean towards offside, remove left foot and slip quietly to ground

At an event - depends on the crowding. I get off right or left side - mount right or left side. If I have been sitting for a long time, one leg is usually hooked on the horn and I might swing that so I am sitting sideways and just slide down.
Thank you!

I learned when i was about 10 (20 years ago) to remove both feet from stirrups, swing my right leg over and land on the ground, on my feet.. haha

so, skip ahead those 20 years, i'm riding again and my new coach teaches to dismount the way you said you would dismount a younger horse. She's never corrected me, just hasnt really said anything.
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I was taught to swing my leg over, lean towards offside and remove left from stirrup, then slide down by my instructor. This is in case the horse starts to spook as you're dismounting. Having started quite a few youngsters I think it's a good idea,lol
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Hrm. I must do it the sketchy way... I take both feet out of stirrups then swing my right leg over, holding myself up off the saddle with my arms then drop to the ground facing the horse the same way I would mount.
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Hrm. I must do it the sketchy way... I take both feet out of stirrups then swing my right leg over, holding myself up off the saddle with my arms then drop to the ground facing the horse the same way I would mount.

that's what i've been doing also.
guess i'm sketchy too!
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Hrm. I must do it the sketchy way... I take both feet out of stirrups then swing my right leg over, holding myself up off the saddle with my arms then drop to the ground facing the horse the same way I would mount.
This is how I do it as well
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Hrm. I must do it the sketchy way... I take both feet out of stirrups then swing my right leg over, holding myself up off the saddle with my arms then drop to the ground facing the horse the same way I would mount.
I also do it this way (it's the way I was taught); I can't imagine leaving my foot in the stirrup - my horse is way too tall. It seems like that could end in disaster for me.
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I was taught to free both feet (english), rt leg over rump and slide off. Not the most graceful but the safest way to do it. With western I'll make sure only the ball of my foot is barely in the stirrup, hold the horn with rt hand, reins in left, rt leg over rump and step down.
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