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        05-30-2009, 03:59 PM
      #1
    Foal
    I dont know what to do anymore "/

    I've got a problem with dismounting. It seems that everytime I try to do it, I can't get my right leg over enough to swing down and properly get off. To be honest, it's kinda embarrasing too. I'm a heavy rider, and it's kind of getting to me. I actually am starting to dread riding, because I know that I get on, and I've got to get off at some point. I just don't know what to do anymoree.. anyone got any advice? We take both feet out of the stirrups, lean forward, and bring our right leg over the back of us, but I just can't seem to do it. It's really starting to get me down, and any advice would be appreciated.
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        05-30-2009, 04:06 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Do some exercises that help loosen up your hip area so you can raise it over the saddle and be able to have a smooth dismount. You can do hip stretches - sitting on the ground spread your legs and bend forward, do small sessions at first so you don't strain the muscles and work until you can bend all the way to the ground.

    Stand facing a wall and while holding onto it lift your leg sideways for 5-6 times (or however many is comfortable but no more than 12-15 at a time until you can easily do that).

    If you google hip stretches/exercises you'll get tons of feed back. I have a bad hip and deal with the same issue so that's what I've been doing. There's also an excellent book called The Rider's Fitness Program which has exercises geared toward riders.

    Http://www.amazon.com/Riders-Fitness-Program-Dianna-Dennis/dp/1580175422
    Good luck!
         
        05-30-2009, 04:10 PM
      #3
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Solon    
    Do some exercises that help loosen up your hip area so you can raise it over the saddle and be able to have a smooth dismount. You can do hip stretches - sitting on the ground spread your legs and bend forward, do small sessions at first so you don't strain the muscles and work until you can bend all the way to the ground.

    Stand facing a wall and while holding onto it lift your leg sideways for 5-6 times (or however many is comfortable but no more than 12-15 at a time until you can easily do that).

    If you google hip stretches/exercises you'll get tons of feed back. I have a bad hip and deal with the same issue so that's what I've been doing. There's also an excellent book called The Rider's Fitness Program which has exercises geared toward riders.

    Amazon.com: The Rider's Fitness Program: Dianna Robin Dennis, Johnny J. McCully, Paul M. Juris: Books

    Good luck!

    Thank you :) it's just starting to get really embarrasing too and I just don't know what to do anymore. I see people easily dismount, and I just can't do it and its making me really :(
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        05-30-2009, 04:14 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    Oh I know!

    I was left hanging on the side of my horse once because my leg got caught. He's 18 hands so I couldn't reach the ground and finally I just dropped on my back. Yeah, that's was all kinds of not fun!

    The exercises really will help. Also, I use a mounting block to step down on. If you show that won't work. But outside of the show ring it will help while you are going through the exercises to get limbered up.
         
        05-30-2009, 04:15 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Yeah, the horse I ride is 16.2hh. What breed is yours? I don't know if maybe its because she's wide or something that I can't get my leg round, but its just starting to get to me. X
         
        05-30-2009, 04:19 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    My boy is a Percheron. He's got a wide back too. So it seems like it takes longer to get the leg across the back! He's like riding a couch.

    I mostly ride bareback because I do not like saddles. My mounting block is a 55 gallon drum but even so, it's nerve wracking when I know I have to dismount!
         
        05-30-2009, 04:36 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Ahh, the horse I ride is a shire - and she is WIDE lol. But I trust her, and I guess that's all that really matters. I guess it'll come in time, just gotta keep going for it. I know i'm a heavy rider, and that's probably half the problems. It's just hard "/ I would post a video of my dismounting - but i'd be embarrased to post it if i'm honest. It's just starting to really get to me. X
         
        05-30-2009, 04:39 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Well hang in there. It will come. Just work on those exercises and you'll get there!
         
        05-30-2009, 04:42 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Yeah. I've been riding since the end of January, so I guess in time it'll come. It just makes me feel really :(
    Thankyou for your advice anyway.
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        05-31-2009, 07:48 PM
      #10
    Trained
    Maybe you can try dismouting from the other side if you're better in that direction?
         

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