Originally Posted by kmdstar
Honestly I think everyone should use a mounting block, it is not good for any horses back to be putting the strain of trying to climb on or leaping on and landing hard on your horses back. It took some research by my own awful way of mounting from the ground to realize this. I can't mount from the ground to save my life I've been told the only people that can properly mount from the ground are those who can do it and get in the saddle without it being girthed up and not moving.
You should always be able to get on from the ground. Even if you normaly use a mounting block to save your horses back.
When you are out on a hack and have to get off to do a gate or get bucked off as has happened to me several times, getting back on from the ground is the only way as most gates wont take the weight of people climbing on them.
I can't exactly carry a mounting block with me everywhere!
I live in the mountains, not exactly many logs etc to get on from. Dry stone walls are frankly dangeorus to stand on, they are slate round here and crumble if you put weight on them, Made for keeping sheep in, not anything bigger.
ETA I mounted from the ground on my 14hh connie for 10 years, he saw a chiropractor every 3 months (we had him up for the arab and he would check over the rest when he was here) and a master saddler every 6 months, never ever had a problem with his back