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    11-06-2010, 11:12 PM
  #11
Foal
I've always ridden a relatively small horse...I'm around 5'6" and ride a 14.2 hh mare, so its not really a problem for me. But I know somebody who is much shorter and mounts a 16.3hh horse with no problem. I'll have to ask them what their secret is :)
     
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    11-06-2010, 11:22 PM
  #12
Foal
Quote:
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.
I agree with this. I was talking to a horse chiropractor and she said even using the stirrup and swinging your leg over twist their back and can put undo stress on it, which will eventually cause more serious back problems. Best to use a mounting block or fence.
     
    11-06-2010, 11:28 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by csuebele    
I agree with this. I was talking to a horse chiropractor and she said even using the stirrup and swinging your leg over twist their back and can put undo stress on it, which will eventually cause more serious back problems. Best to use a mounting block or fence.
And so much easier if you use one - there's no good reason NOT to use one, or anything to mount from! I'd be lost without mine.
     
    11-07-2010, 05:24 AM
  #14
Green Broke
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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
     
    11-07-2010, 06:15 AM
  #15
Green Broke
I can only get on my friends little 13hh pony bareback and I'm 5'10 haha
No way I can get on my 15.2hh horse bareback, I can get on him with a saddle and just do the little hop things.
     
    11-07-2010, 09:54 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by faye    
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
I totally agree. If you can't, CAN NOT, get on your horse without a mounting block, you had better only be riding in an arena, with someone else who can give you a leg up, or within a distance that you are comfortable walking back to the barn/trailer. While my 17.3 h mare much prefers me to use something as a mounting block, I can and do make a point of often mounting from the ground, with and with/out a saddle.
     
    11-07-2010, 10:15 AM
  #17
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by faye    
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
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
I totally agree. If you can't, CAN NOT, get on your horse without a mounting block, you had better only be riding in an arena, with someone else who can give you a leg up, or within a distance that you are comfortable walking back to the barn/trailer. While my 17.3 h mare much prefers me to use something as a mounting block, I can and do make a point of often mounting from the ground, with and with/out a saddle.
I do agree with both of you. Obviously, if you have no mounting block, you should be able to mount your horse from the ground and not have a horse so big that you can't; and if you can't mount your horse from the ground, have someone with who can give you a leg up. It's also good that a chiropractor has seen your horse and it hasn't had any trouble. We've had a lot of folks around here have horses with back problems that manifest in other behavioral issues, so I'm saying whenever possible it's best to use some sort of mounting block.
     
    11-07-2010, 10:21 AM
  #18
Weanling
I'm only 5' and my horse is 15.3 so I come no where close to getting on bareback without a mounting block but I can with a saddle with a great deal of stretching to reach.
     
    11-07-2010, 10:22 AM
  #19
Trained
I wouldn't say I "slam" down on my horse's back. :roll: Now I might flop against his side, I've been compared to a fly on a wall before.

I'm sorry, but it's a little ridiculous to think that mounting bareback from the ground is so terrible for the horse. It might be a little uncomfortable if you're unpracticed and have to do a lot of wriggling/pulling, but for a great majority of horses it isn't a problem.

If you use your common sense it shouldn't be a problem. If your horse has a back problem use a mounting block, if not this is a great skill to have and like most you need to practice to be able to do it.
     
    11-07-2010, 10:44 AM
  #20
Yearling
Seeing as horses mount eachother... I don't think that me mounting a horse would cause much more discomfort.
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