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post #1 of 23 Old 11-20-2011, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Mount tall horse/short rider

I was curious at some advice ya'll would give me and what others possibly do. See, I've started riding on trails and we ride in fields and sometimes in wooded areas but there are no fallen logs or anything like that and I'm 5'0 and kind of out of shape and not flexible. My gelding is 15.2hh stout QH and my stirrups are short and I ride western.

If I fall or something, I would have a heck of a time getting back on him and I don't want to have to have someone help me. Would exercising help get me up there easily or should I try to buy something that is portable and take with me? I have this problem yet I'm young...Any advice? I can mount him from small steps that are smaller than the two step block but if it's from the ground, I can't do it.
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post #2 of 23 Old 11-20-2011, 06:59 PM
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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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post #3 of 23 Old 11-20-2011, 07:10 PM
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lots of stretching helps.
Also, putting the horse in a ditch or downhill from you helps tremendously as well if you have access to either a ditch or hill.
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post #4 of 23 Old 11-20-2011, 07:17 PM
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I have seen "help" stirrups that hang from the stirrup or from the horn that can give you those extra few inches when you don't have a stump, log or ditch etc. My friend and I have the same problem(we are old and don't bend/pull up easily) Usually we can find a bit of a ditch or rise in the terrain that helps us enough. The ones I've seen that I would use are a stirrupish piece that hangs from the horn with a strong length of nylon(like heavy nylon cinch straps). I'd think a person could just about make your own.. Maybe an english stirrup would work as it wouldn't be so bulky to pack around. Just a thought.

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post #5 of 23 Old 11-20-2011, 07:32 PM
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There are devices like this: E-ZUP Stirrup Extender

Work on your flexibility and teach your horse to sidle over to a rock or stump then stand still so you can mount.
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post #6 of 23 Old 11-20-2011, 07:37 PM
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I practiced using our pipe corral panels. Figured out which height I needed to get to, and practiced on the lower pipes and worked my way up.

I still find that with my mare (15.3?), I need to face the rear, steady myself with the horn or withers, and jump to get my toe into the stirrup. Then hop to 90 deg, bounce a few times, and mount with left hand on the far side of her withers, and the other on the far side of the cantle.

A poor man's helping stirrup might be an old stirrup hung on a length of baling twine. Use your right foot in the old stirrup to help you get your left foot into the real stirrup. But truth in advertising - I tried the store-bought product, and wasn't coordinated enough to make it work.

I suspect the best answer is to practice on a fence to develop the stretch and strength to make it work. Another thing one could try - just thought of it so it might stink - is a length of 4x4 cut about 8-12 inches you could take in your saddle bag. If needed, put one end on the ground, hold the horn, and step on it with your right foot to boost you up high enough. Then leave the piece of wood behind...might work, if your coordination is better than mine.
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I'm 5'4 and my mare is just a bit of 16.1hh. I just lead her up to a fence, climb it and hop on. I'm seriously debating teaching her to kneel because there's no way I can get my foot up to her stirrup, even with stretches.
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I suspect the best answer is to practice on a fence to develop the stretch and strength to make it work. Another thing one could try - just thought of it so it might stink - is a length of 4x4 cut about 8-12 inches you could take in your saddle bag. If needed, put one end on the ground, hold the horn, and step on it with your right foot to boost you up high enough. Then leave the piece of wood behind...might work, if your coordination is better than mine.
I've actually seen a short, three legged collapsible stool that hangs from your horn. Has a rope attached to it so once in the saddle you just pull it up. Beats hauling several pieces of wood around in your saddle bags for multiple mounts.
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post #10 of 23 Old 11-22-2011, 02:19 PM
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buy a plastic step stool. Lol
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