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post #21 of 34 Old 11-20-2008, 04:52 PM
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I used to be able to swing up from the ground...nowadays I swing right into his sides...much like a bug splatting against a window
I know exactly how you feel. I got out of practice after moving away from home and now all I seem to be able to do is kick them in the flank. I use whatever is handy. Fences, wagons, truck beds, friends. Also, who cares if you look foolish getting on. When I get on, I look like a sack of potatoes with legs but after I am on, everyone else is jealous because I ride bareback as good as with a saddle. JUST DO IT! (nike will probably sue me now LOL). Just have fun. That is what is important.
Also, if the horse is not clean, I would suggest using a very lightweight blanket to sit on. It will not prevent you from getting the warmth from his back but at least you will not get off with a brown butt. :)

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post #22 of 34 Old 11-20-2008, 05:43 PM
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I get on two different ways...

The 'conventional' way... jump up, flop, pull leg over, and sit up...

And the 'nonconventional' way... Grasp a bit on mane, move towards their head as much as you can, take a 'running leap' and 'vault' onto the horse.

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post #23 of 34 Old 11-21-2008, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I didn't have my lesson today. It was SO cold out, and I got word that the horse that I have been riding has been acting out. Apparently she tried to 'attack' a girl while she was trying to bring her in.

Poor Milly... She's 15, has arthritis in her back side and they think her ulcers are coming back. I feel SUPER bad because my riding her couldn't have helped matters. Not that I have a bad seat, I have very good posture says my trainer, I feel bad. I'm to fat to ride Milly! MY FAT IS HURTING THAT POOR HORSE! lol Okay, that might have been a bit over the top, but thats how I feel. Poor girl, I hope she comes out of it.

So, I guess now I get to ride Bubba, the gaited standardbred who is just learning how to trot and has a very odd skip to his gait. Bubba is huge compared to Milly, so being able to mount him bareback should be a hoot.


Poor Milly.

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Poor Milly indeed. And by the way, it is not you that made her that way. Do they have her on joint supplements like glucosamine (sp)? They can sometimes help with the pain from arthritis.

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My pony is only 12.2 hands and I still can't get on bareback! It is a process. But she doesn't stand so that doesn't help
Don't worry, I'm sure you'll do fine!
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post #26 of 34 Old 11-22-2008, 07:20 PM
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Facing the horse (my belly towards) I grab the mane as close to the roots as possible with a good amount in each hand. Then, rotate your body so your shoulders are perpendicular (sp?)... Swing with momentum (maybe a small bounce & throw your right leg over.

^^ This one, I do.

But if you can't do that, I did see a different method I'VE NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF on RFLDTV... I think it was Parrelli (sp?). Anyhow, he got the horse to lower their head (pretty much to the ground) and hopped on the neck, the horse then flipped his head up & he moved himself onto the horse from there (after being lifted).
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post #27 of 34 Old 11-22-2008, 07:35 PM
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hahaha i can just grab a chunk of mane and kinda take 2 strides of a run and just swing up (and thats on Eggo my 16.3 hand belgian draft X qh)

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today i rode bareback and i just kinda jumped on with a mounting block. he was 14.2/3 though.

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post #29 of 34 Old 11-24-2008, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Poor Milly indeed. And by the way, it is not you that made her that way. Do they have her on joint supplements like glucosamine (sp)? They can sometimes help with the pain from arthritis.

No, I am 98% sure she isn't on anything for supplements, I was out at the barn yesterday, although I didnt get a chance to see Milly, I talked to my trainer and she said that her feet need to be done too.

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But if you can't do that, I did see a different method I'VE NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF on RFLDTV... I think it was Parrelli (sp?). Anyhow, he got the horse to lower their head (pretty much to the ground) and hopped on the neck, the horse then flipped his head up & he moved himself onto the horse from there (after being lifted).
I saw this just the other night! lol

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post #30 of 34 Old 11-24-2008, 07:50 AM
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the knee up with a helper isnt so hard, the person with your knee isnt holding all your weight-push up off the ground with right leg as she/he has your left knee pushing up bounce it a little and you should go up at least to your tummy and you can squiqle around adn get a leg over. I find it harder to get up as i age even with stirrups, i have to do the 1-2-3-bounce. bareback i really need a helping hand.

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