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    02-05-2010, 09:08 PM
Mounting correctly

I have already posted this in the western section, but english is no better. There are many ways of mounting english, the most common I have seen is to grab either the mane/neck, which is much better than holding the clearance of the pommel, and the cantle and swinging up. This method is still incorrect.
An example of mounting incorrectly:

Mounting this way pulls the saddle out of place and causes all the riders weight to push against it. It pulls the horses skin, puts excessive pressure on the withers, and can even cause damage to the spine.

To reduce the risk, mount by placing the left hand on the lower neck and the right hand either on the pommel, or holding the panel on the opposite side. Place the left foot into the stirrup and use the right leg as a spring, pull with your left arm, using it to help prevent pushing into the stirrup too much and distribute the weight. This method uses all four limbs to help balance and distribute weight, making it easier on the horse, the rider and even the tack.

Here the rider is mounting correctly (it is difficult to see, but her right hand is reaching to the opposite side):

This method is one of the best to use for mounting from the ground, even so, I highly recommend using a mounting block. It is one of the best tools to help keep horse and rider safe while mounting. Another excellent tool is having someone hold your opposite stirrup, or getting a leg-up. If no one is able to help you, and there is no mounting block, dropping the stirrup can be helpful.

I hope this is useful.
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    02-05-2010, 10:37 PM
That was very informative. I usually do that, but I am guilty of occasionaly getting sloppy and pulling on the saddle. :(
    02-07-2010, 05:08 PM
I don't think there is a wrong way to mount a horse ; well in this regard I mean
    02-07-2010, 05:24 PM
Hello I am shocked at that because I have to admitt I do that alot! At least I know now the right what! It was very intreqing ThankYou!
    02-07-2010, 07:37 PM
I learned at a riding clinic that if you mount from the ground it takes your horses back muscles 15 minutes to return to their normal state

I never mount from the ground unless I have to ! I normally don't even put a foot in the stirrup to get on with a block, but my mounting block is also really high.
    02-07-2010, 07:42 PM
^^ I love the tall mounting blocks. They're soo much easier.
I never mount from the ground, ever. I actually can't do it lol. I need at least a stump or something.
    02-07-2010, 07:44 PM
I find mounting correctly and incorrectly is a bunch of crap, no offense. I think every horse should learn every different way a person could mount or dismount.
    02-07-2010, 07:54 PM
Originally Posted by White Foot    
I find mounting correctly and incorrectly is a bunch of crap, no offense. I think every horse should learn every different way a person could mount or dismount.
Is that why I've seen some horses give out a moan when they were mounted roughly from the ground??
    02-07-2010, 07:59 PM
If a horse is in pain then you should be more careful. But if you are mounting and dismounting carefully then it won't happen. I mount from both sides and even from my horses butt. He has never, nor has any horse I've ever ridden had a problem with pain while mounting/dismounting. And by no means do I mount and dismount by the book.
    02-07-2010, 08:41 PM
I agree with the above poster... I get on quietly and softly, grab a little mane (hardly use it though), left foot in stirrup and swing up. I do use a mounting block, but it's only a small step stool. It's hard for me to image that the seconds it takes to get on can really do all that.

I may be wrong. But I have never heard of this, and find it hard to believe. For me it falls into the same category as the the advise I got from a parelli lady at my old barn, who told me that my rubber d snaffle was hurting my horse's mouth.

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