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post #1 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Dismount advice

Hi all,
I am a first time horse owner, and have gotten the basics down pretty well, but am having a bit of trouble dismounting. Don't know exactly why, but I get really nervous, and have a real difficult time dropping to the ground! ANY suggestions?
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 12:20 PM
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Practice...lol. That's about all. Everybody is nervous at first. Remember to remove your feet from the stirrups before you drop and just go for it. My poor little brother is only 9 and has to do this from a 16.2 HH gelding. It's pretty funny to watch.

The more you practice the better you will get at landing more lightly. Don't be too embarrased if at some point in the beggining your ankle gives out either. I've seen it happen to a few people, and when I was little it happened to me once or twice.

good luck. :)
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 12:22 PM
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Swing you leg high. Your horse might be a little peeved if hes standing there and you kick him in the hindquarters. Also think about having someone hold him the first few times.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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when I was little it happened to me once or twice.

LOL...Unfortunately, I'm 48, so the embarrassment factor goes up a few notches! I think I have a fear of falling (tho by now I should be over THAT, having had LOTS of practice! LOL) or slipping and ending up under the horse. I did got thrown...er, I came off "with extreme prejudice"..., once and somehow ended up under a bucking horse, who instantly leapt to the side so he wouldn't land on me, so I know that nothing would happen if I DID slide under him...guess you are all right, just practice practice practice and let go of the fear...and don't expect to look as carefree and easy as everyone else!
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 03:25 PM
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NEVER HIT THE GROUND WITH ONE FOOT STILL IN THE STIRRUP! I know a lot of people who have gotten hurt very bad because of this (horse bolts, rider gets drug). For english I always kick out both stirrups and just swing off without stirrups. When I first started to do this I would hold mane when I did. For western I kick my right foot out, swing my right leg over my horses butt, then hold myself up, kick out my left foot and then hop down. Sorry if that didnt make sense. :p

I have to dismount from a 17.1 BEAST of a horse (he has a lot of leg, haha). I have a long fall to say the very least, and when I get off and my feet are cold, it can be a but painful.

Oh yeah, and if you are bareback... Grab mane and just kick your legs up as high as you can to when swinging over your horses butt.

When you land, it helps a little if you bend your knees to absorb some of the shock.

You could also try mounting and dismounting a bunch of times, so that way you can get over it. I do this as I have mounting issues, and it helps a lot!

Is there any reason that you dont trust your horse when you dismount? Have you had another problem dismounting on another horse?

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post #6 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 03:35 PM
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What I do is just catapault myself off the saddle! I have only fallen by doing this 2 times in the 7-ish years I have been riding. I ALWAYS take both my feet out of the stirrups and throw my leg over (Try not to kick the horse in the bootay) and jump down... I trained PintoBean with that too, so now he doesn't care if you pull on the saddle, jump on/off the saddle.

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post #7 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 03:47 PM
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eventerwannabe that is what I do too :)
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post #8 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 04:04 PM
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I teach this method to shorter, nervous and new riders:

Check to ensure your sweatshirt, jacket, etc are free of the horn. Swing your leg over (you can get off on either side and the world will not end). Stay in your stirrup until both feet are on the same side of the horse - lean slightly towards your saddle and kick your stirrup foot free, drop to the ground.

One hand is on the reins, the other can be on the cantle or the pommel - depending on the persons sense of balance.
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Pretty much what I've been doing, MLS...Thanks, everyone! Yes, I did have a few incidents over the past few years! I decided to start riding...hadn't done so since I was a kid, but I remembered the feeling...indescribable! So, I started taking lessons from an 'expert', and ended up bruised, battered, and with a broken right arm! She had put me on an Appy mare who was in a field with two geldings. It was before breakfast, and tho I felt uneasy at riding before she had eaten, I was assured that she "was a ranch horse, and she'd better get used to it". I rode her up to the arena, closed the gate behind us, and proceeded to do a few warm-up exercises while waiting for the instructor. We were fighting each other, and the moment she heard the feed cart, the mare took off, riding straight thru the pipe corral gate! She was about 14 hands, so not tall, but I wasn't about to get off as she tore up a hill full speed ahead. Suddenly she stopped dead in her tracks, which sent me flying headlong into the side of the hill! (yes, I had worn my helmet, and NEVER get on a horse without it!) I rolled down down down, ending in a field of tar weed which is just as the name describes. I couldn't breathe, and lay there for a long while. My helmet was shattered, I hurt all over, and something was wrong with my arm. The instructor finally showed up, after finding the mare standing fully tacked outside her pasture. But, after getting my arm casted, cuts and bruises a plenty, I was greeted by other horsewomen with a rousing "well, NOW you are a horsewoman!"
I did get bucked off Sunny twice, but know he wouldn't intentionally hurt me. It isn't distrust of my horse, but distrust in my own abilities.
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-15-2009, 06:07 PM
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haah the other night i fell right off while trying to dismount. it was great, everyone laughed haha

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