I understand! All spring, a few days ago was the first day I could get on my horse bareback.
I can't mount him from ground, but when I even act like I do, he raises his head and stomps his feet. So what I did instead was got above him on a step. Then I rubbed him all over with my foot and sat on him for a bit - he was very good about it. So today when I ride I will be riding half the day bareback - I love bareback much more than the saddle, so hopefully I can stay on this big guy! 15.5 hands is tall enough for me!
Plus he likes to trot and not walk, so it will be a bumpy ride!