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    02-03-2012, 03:49 PM
Originally Posted by mom2pride    
train your horse to accept it, and move on.
amen to that
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    02-03-2012, 09:08 PM
Do you think my husband can help me with this
    02-06-2012, 06:12 AM
You can always make up something simple like this to make it easier to get a toehold!

    02-06-2012, 01:30 PM
Originally Posted by mom2pride    
The main reason being that I have health problems that make mounting from the ground more painful, or some pretty much impossible somedays...I just don't have the strength to anymore. It's not anything to be ashamed of; train your horse to accept it, and move on. It's better for him as well anyway.
While I'm a firm believer that every rider should use a block to mount, whether they need it or not, so much kinder to a horses back, and yes all horses should learn how to stand and be mounted from a block, that is not the whole story.

Speaking as an overweight out of shape rider I think it is my responsibility to do everything I can to make my horses job easier, so while I'm working at the long term goal of weight loss, and increased fitness, finding some specific exercises that will help the mounting procedure from the block or the ground is a good thing.
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    02-06-2012, 01:47 PM
Mounting blocks are great. I own and use one. Mounting your horse solely from a mounting block limits where you can ride. If you always have to have a mounting block, if your horse doesn't like you mounting from the ground, then you are sorry-out-of-luck going trail riding...or trail competitions..
Or ANY outside-of-a-ring-that-has-a-mounting-block-to-use, type of riding.
Just thought I'd point this out. =/
RE: making the job easier for my horse, quite frankly it's been YEARS since I've asked my horses to do anything like real work, like the jobs that the Amish have their horses do, which I get to see everytime I visit Arthur, IL.

I think most of our horses here work very part-time, IMHO.
    02-06-2012, 02:12 PM
Which I why my horse is taught to mount both from ground and block...and I do agree...horses are very much leisure animals compared to what they used to be. Although I tend to work my mare pretty darn hard; there is rarely a work out that she doesn't end up in a good sweat...I wish we could herd cattle, or that sort of stuff, because she is an active horse, and I think she could thrive in that sort of environment, arena work bores her and me to death, hahahaha.
    02-06-2012, 06:57 PM
Green Broke

I just bought one of these. Gives me about a foot more. Comes with a neat little sack you can hang on the horn.
    02-06-2012, 07:08 PM
I'm short so to mount from the ground id have to lower my stirrup so long its not worth it.
    02-06-2012, 09:30 PM
Originally Posted by SueNH    

I just bought one of these. Gives me about a foot more. Comes with a neat little sack you can hang on the horn.
cool I will have to look into this too
    02-07-2012, 02:13 PM
Originally Posted by skittlesfirehawk    
I'm short so to mount from the ground id have to lower my stirrup so long its not worth it.
When I took Hunter lessons in the 1970's MY instructor taught us not just HOW to, But TO learn to readjust our stirrup length while mounted. It is a VALUABLE skill, and you can teach your horse to tolerate this calmly in an arena if he doesn't stand still outside. You can do this, too.

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