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.