I know we're always taught that we have to mount from the left side. I guess, even to this day I don't understand why. I would say none of us carry a sword (execpt of course for reenactments). So why is it that we have to mount on the left side?
I was just on equestrain life.com and there is a video in the english section about mounting. I did not watch it, but in the description is says "Make sure the mounting block is on the left side of the horse."
Isn't it better to get the horse used to things on both sides? I don't just brush one side of the horse, or hose one side. I even lead my horse on the left and right. I would also think that it would cause strain (even using a mounting block) to the horse's back. Wouldn't switching mounting on either side cut the strain and build that muscle on other sides? Other then tradition why must we mount up on the left?