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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I feel you! I'm 4"11 and ride a 17.3hh TB gelding. Fortunately, I'm flexible,though xP
If you can't get in the saddle easily, I'd say the next best thing would be making sure your horse will STAND STILL and lead right up to fallen logs, rocks, inclines, etc. A horse that skitters all over the place is nearly impossible to mount, no matter how flexible you are.
I generally lengthen my stirrup as much as I can, get my foot up into it, step up, then use my upper body to vault over the middle of the saddle, and re-shorten my stirrup once I'm up. This still requires some agility though, so I'd advise in working on stretching your legs several times a day, holding your foot as high as you can and flexing...maybe some lunges, that sort of thing.
Good luck and lets hope you never do fall off of that horse and never even need this advice!
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