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post #31 of 42 Old 07-01-2009, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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It's funny. I tried to ride a little Haflinger bareback yesterday and I thought about how everyone was saying to get on. I need to listen to my own advice. I tried to pull myself up and failed. when I finally was almost on my tummy, he took a step to the right and i fell on my butt. the trainer, another girl riding, and the horse thought it was hysterical. I decided to get the mounting block after that. Now I feel weak... :)
lol glad to know this happens to other people. i always try to mount bareback when no one's around....saves me some embarassment for looking like a clutz
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post #32 of 42 Old 07-01-2009, 02:13 PM
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Are you kidding!? I once was trying to flirt with this guy at my barn. he swings up on his horse no problem. i try, the mare sidesteps (it used to be a game we played) and i fell face first into fresh poop. HINT: poop on the face does not attract boys.
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post #33 of 42 Old 07-01-2009, 04:58 PM
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I'm guessing you didn't get the guy

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post #34 of 42 Old 07-02-2009, 11:00 AM
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Not quite... but I did make him fall off his horse at a barrel show during the warmup :) Totally not my fault but we're friends and he likes to blame me. He trotted the barrels and I made some comment saying that if that was as fast as he could go we were going to beat him for sure. he spun around and tried to show off and at the first barrel his horse stopped and lowered his head allowing to fall. I like to think his horse helped me get even.
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post #35 of 42 Old 07-02-2009, 01:55 PM
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I was about to say I was a swinger, but that really doesn't sound right. Anyway, I swing up. I start with my back by the horses face, right hand holding on to the mane by the withers and left hand just in front of that. I make two quick steps, push off with left foot, and most of the strenth does come from the upper body to pull myself on. I don't like the belly flop method much, my husband used to do this and I found myself fixing his mares back regularly until I taught him how to swing up properly. If I am going to be struggling at all to get on (hot sweaty jeans, or when I was recovering from a sprained ankle) then I will use a mounting block, I will not scramble on a horses back.

As for young horses, I actually start all of my horses bareback, so that really isn't an issue with them. The saddle doesn't come until after they are used to the rider. However, when starting horses I do stand on the mounting block and teach the horse to bring its back to me. From the mounting block, I am tall enough to put a leg over their back while still having one foot on the block. 5'8" with a 36" inseam helps a lot for this process, probably why I always get nominated for this by my 5'3" trainer. Then I just hop on, move all over, and start asking them to move. My 3 yr old was started bareback, and now does fine with the saddle, I started swinging up on her a couple weeks after starting her with a rider. She does fine with it.

I definately agree its all in the upper body.
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post #36 of 42 Old 07-02-2009, 04:41 PM
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This may not be an option depending on your horse but if your horse will stand still and allow you to run at it from a distance and attempt to throw yourself over, that sometimes works.
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My horse is a gentleman and patiently waits for me to try to get on. I try the belly method and i can get on unless there is a slight hill in my advantage. I tried the leg over thing. After several legs crashing into his flank i gave up. I tried the running thing. Nope no luck. Its sad because he is only 14-3, 15 hh and I'm 5'5 so yea don't feel bad.

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post #38 of 42 Old 07-06-2009, 01:26 PM
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Are you kidding!? I once was trying to flirt with this guy at my barn. he swings up on his horse no problem. i try, the mare sidesteps (it used to be a game we played) and i fell face first into fresh poop. HINT: poop on the face does not attract boys.

uh, not so much lol but i'm sure it's a funny story now.
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Like everyone else has said, it just takes practice. I don't bareback often, but I'm doing more of it lately with my gelding since he's too out-of-shape to fit his saddle. He's really tall -- as in, I can hardly see over his back while standing -- so I've always had to climb on something. I just teach him to lead up to a panel gate or my truck and stand quietly, then I just climb up and slide on. Takes a bit of dexterity, and my friends usually say I look pretty funny, but whatever works. :p
I've also just mounted my 14hand mare (who is short enough I can sort of clamber up on her), ridden her up beside my gelding, and used her as sort of a mounting block, but it's a huge hassle. X3
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post #40 of 42 Old 07-07-2009, 06:20 AM
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i give my friend a leg up or she just mounts from 2 milk crates. i used to use a fence!!

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