02-08-2010, 12:07 AM
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Actually, if you want to get technical about properly mounting a horse, according to a lot of trainers out there you should be facing the REAR of the horse, not the front when you get on.
George Morris writes, "By facing the rear, you are in a position to watch the horse's actions and judge the time t mount and also to brace against him and prevent him from moving forward if necessary. I do not agree with those who advocate facing the front or the side of the horse when mounting. This position, I've found, diminishes the rider's strength and agility, often resulting in an unsuccessful attempt to mount or worse yet, a loose horse."