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post #1 of 14 Old 06-27-2011, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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I know we're always taught that we have to mount from the left side. I guess, even to this day I dont 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 dont 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?
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Old traditions linger forever. While the sword is no longer in use, cowboys found it easier to mount from the left due to other gear that they carried.

Since a horse becomes a creature of habit and what we train on the right we must train on the left, it just becomes simpler to make a standard way of doing things. In truth, it is a wise trainer who teaches his horse to be mounted on either side since you never know when that becomes handy to have.

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It's a good thing to teach your horse to mount from both sides, so I'm not sure why you're having such angst about the whole thing.

Yes, it's completely tradition and nothing else that we mount from the left.

If you want your personal horse to be mountable from both sides, then teach it to do so. You'll also need to practice it yourself quite a bit, because mounting from the right when you're used to doing it from the left can be quite awkward.

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If you want your personal horse to be mountable from both sides, then teach it to do so. You'll also need to practice it yourself quite a bit, because mounting from the right when you're used to doing it from the left can be quite awkward.
Quite awkward is an understatement. Laugh.
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Quite awkward is an understatement. Laugh.
Yes, 'quite awkward' is code for 'floundering around like a harpooned seal'.

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Yeah... I tried it bareback once. Didn't even make it to fly on the wall stage.

I agree with the others. Soda will stand for mount/dismount on either side, it's a simple thing to teach and could come in handy. As long as I was capable of getting up on the right side!
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That is far more accurate.

I did it one day just because (heck, all the kids were doing it, this old foggy can do it too).

I had to really think hard about how to make my body do that, even with my horse standing there like a statue by the mounting block.
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Like iride & sr said it's just tradition. May have been practical at one time like the point about swords. I don't make a habit of wearing a sword when I ride :)

One of the first things I was taught was to train every lesson equally on both sides, mounting has always been included in that for me. I get on one side, off the other & switch each time I ride.
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All three of my horse can be mounted from the left or right side i broke all three to ride. I mount on the left and dismount on the right and switch it up every time i ride. Mounting from the right isnt easy but if you do it daily it gets to be easy. Mounting from the right has come in handy out on the trail at times.
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[QUOTE=Speed Racer;1078303]I'm not sure why you're having such angst about the whole thing. QUOTE]


I'm not. My horse is fine mounting on both sides. I swap everytime I ride. I just dont see why articles still say that we have to mount up on the left side, lead from the left side. As I always understood it, this was based just on tradition. I just wanted to see if anyone else had a solid reason for it now that its the 21st century.
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