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        01-13-2010, 11:14 AM
      #51
    Weanling
    I think the risky thing about attempting a swing up method on a horse, is that if you don't get enough energy into it, and end up with your foot on the horse's rump. If your foot digs into the horses rump, you can dig into its kidneys and cause some damage :S

    I think I'm the worst one on here, I'm 16 and about 7 stone (so I should be super athletic, right? Wrong!) I'm 5'4" and my horse is 14h2, and I still can't manage it! I think the actual problem is my boots (yeah, yeah, blame it on the boots!). They're high english boots, and quite heavy, and I can't bend my toes in them. In normal shoes I can jump really high, but these boots weigh me down and I can't even do a few little bounces to get some momentum haha! Anyhoo, next time I ride bareback I might just wear some normal shoes that I can actually bend my toes in lmao!
         
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        01-13-2010, 01:38 PM
      #52
    Foal


         
        01-13-2010, 06:35 PM
      #53
    Trained
    I have bad knees and hips, so I don't have the 'spring' it takes to hop up onto a horse bareback anymore (used to just be able to grab the mane, and swing right up...but not no more!!!), so I always teach my horses to walk up to anything I choose, so I can mount them; that way if I have to get off on the trail, I can just lead them up to any thing on the trail and get back on. Even teaching them to stand in a ditch, and hopping on from the road.
         
        01-13-2010, 08:40 PM
      #54
    Yearling
    Specialdelivery, is this what you are talking about? http://www.bestfriendequine.com/bare-upmountingaid.html

    I'd be afraid to use it. I am 5'2"(with socks on.) and only weigh around 105lbs or so, but I would be terrified that I was squeezing my horse to death, even if I wasn't. I haven't done a whole bunch of bareback riding with my horse, she's 14.3ish and I can get on,but she has a bad habit of walking off right after I mount(naughty pony...) When I was searching for a horse I almost bought a paint gelding that was 16.2 and I couldn't see over his back! There was no ground mounting onto him! This is Duke, If I hadn't bought my naughty pony girl I would have bought him, but I know his owner so I still get to see him.
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        01-13-2010, 08:59 PM
      #55
    Green Broke
    I tried to get on Romeo BB today. Almost made it 2 times, but I got tired and so I just went over to a fence! Haha!
         
        01-14-2010, 10:14 AM
      #56
    Foal
    GreySHell38, yup that is what I bought. Im not sure at all how it works, but im not planning on using it all the time, more of a just in case. Im about 105 as well so I don't think it will squish him too much for the occational use. I usually mount up at his pen where ther are fences for me to use but here on the prairies, its all open field to ride, or barb wire. If I come off there is no way for me to get back up. Last time I had to get off to check his foot and was a mile from the house, so I had a long walk back
         
        01-14-2010, 10:16 AM
      #57
    Yearling
    Practice makes perfect !
         

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