Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
KMDstar, if you mount correctly then very little pressure should be put in the stirrup. If you put pressure on the stirrup you will stretch the leathers. However if you use momentum and springiness to get up ellegantly and lightly then you don't put much, if any pressure on the horses back.
When I get on a horse from the ground it is just as pretty and easy as getting on a horse from a block.
Then again stan often decided the block was going to eat him and after stripping the horses in the showring no block was available to get back on so being able to quickly, efficiently, easily and elegantly (for the showring) get on from the floor became essentail for me. I can do it from either side and there is certainly no scrabbling, pulling or thumping involved.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT