Originally Posted by The Northwest Cowgirl
Now another question, what do you do if you're trail riding in an english saddle?
I don't think anyone mentioned this, but as someone who's really short and always has trouble mounting from the ground, I find it extremely helpful to make the stirrup on the side I'm mounting from as long as I can (i.e., in the last hole) to scramble on when I don't have a mounting block. In that case, it's definitely helpful to have someone hold the off-side stirrup too to help your horse's back. Then once you're on, you can re-adjust the stirrup leather to the proper length for riding.