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post #31 of 57 Old 01-04-2010, 08:35 PM
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Yep I'm joining the short legged club too. I'm 5'3 at a push, and have really short legs, my body is longer than my legs :S (and i ride dressage??? haha all my dressage friends TOWER over me!!)
I have a 13.2hh little pony that is retired but I'll sometimes use her to cart me up the hill :P I struggle to get on her bareback. I CAN jump on and srt of wiggle my way upright, but I feel bad for her so I am good friends with gates!

Gucci is 16.2hh, I can't see over the top of him :P He's a very good boy though, I'll side pass him up to a gate, climb up the gate then slide onto his back that way... and even then I have to stretch!!
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post #32 of 57 Old 01-05-2010, 12:59 AM
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I practice on round haybales so when I get a horse I will be able to get on eisier.

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post #33 of 57 Old 01-07-2010, 10:44 AM
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My step-dad amazes me...after riding for almost 6 hours he hopped off, and bounced up on one of the mares bareback and ran barrels...She is 15h2 and he is maybe 5'6"...
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post #34 of 57 Old 01-07-2010, 02:56 PM
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I lack bounce too, which is sad, because I'm still young, and about five years ago, I used to vault. Back then, I could jump on and off at all the gaits.

NOW!? I'm 5'7, my mare is 15.2 and I can barely get on her from the ground WITH a saddle and stirrup. o_O

I usually use a small step ladder. I bet she'd stand still for me to run and jump, though. Maybe I should practice? I'd feel bad though, so maybe not. She's 17 and even though she doesn't act like it, she's still getting kinda up there in age.

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post #35 of 57 Old 01-08-2010, 05:26 PM
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i can't use the run and jump method lol......im 18 and i feel like a total dork that i cant get on my horse bareback without standing on something. But Phantom makes it hard he wont stand for me to get on bareback, saddle no prob bareback no way lol when i walk him up next to something he'll stand there then when i climb up onto the fence or whatever it is he gives me a look and right as i put my leg out to slide onto his back(i literally have my foot over his back) he decides to bolt off prancing like a dork then trots back to me as if he's saying want to try again lol. So i have established the climb, almost slide on, grad mane throw yourself(hope you make it onto horses back) and hold on method lol. Not the best but it works.

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post #36 of 57 Old 01-08-2010, 05:37 PM
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I'm one of those who can swing up on a horse's back

I put my hand on their neck, and the other on the withers.
Jump/pull myself on across, and then swing my leg over.
I do that in a fast motion though.
I can also stand beside the horse swing my leg forward then swing it back, and swing up onto the horse..
It's actually really hard to explain, lol ..

I started riding bareback.
Actually, I ride better bareback than with a saddle, haha..
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post #37 of 57 Old 01-08-2010, 06:10 PM
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height and strength have nothing to do with it- its technique.
i'm only 5'4 and i can vault onto my 17.2hh fella.

a mounted games rider can help you dramatically

1. stand by your horse's head
2. reins and mane in left hand
3. take small step or shuffle with right foot

(next steps need to be flowing and quick)

4. followed by long bouncy step with left.
5. grab withers/more mane with right hand
6. swing right leg high and straight while jumping off left
7. use hands to help you up if need be

good luck

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post #38 of 57 Old 01-08-2010, 06:46 PM
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My method to get on a 17hh horse bareback:

Two shavings bags and a mounting block... all on top of each other

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post #39 of 57 Old 01-08-2010, 11:22 PM
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My method to get on a 17hh horse bareback:

Two shavings bags and a mounting block... all on top of each other

wish there was a like button on this forum right now ;)

hi five for having humungous horses :)

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post #40 of 57 Old 01-09-2010, 07:46 AM
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I'm 5'9.5" and I can't get onto a 15.3hh bareback from the ground. Usually, I just lead the horse over to a barrel that we use for barrel racing, climb on the barrel, and then settle down on the horses back. I love that method cause I get up above my horse and can setttle down on my horse's back without coming down to hard or making it unexpected. We don't do much bareback around here though I do it more in the winter than I do in the summer.

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