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post #1 of 39 Old 11-15-2011, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Question Mounting from the ground?

I checked the quick-search and skimmed through the pages before posting. :X Sorry if this has already been done. Feel free to link me to an old thread, if it has been!

I just read an interesting note about treeless saddles, and how you should not mount from the ground. It went on to say that really no one should should be mounting from the ground because it will make your horse look "wrung at the withers" along with potentially making your saddle asymmetrical or throwing the horse's back out of alignment.

I wondered what your experience with this was, and what your opinions were on this subject.

I prefer to mount from a block, but that's because I'm a bit more fluffy than most riders.
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If you are "graceful" in your actions and have good balance, rather than wrenching on the saddle horn and kicking futilely in midair as you scramble up your horse, I can't imagine that you would do any measurable damage to your horse's back. Use the amount the saddle slips as an indication. Ideally, it should not slip at all.

I have heard equine chiropractors say that it's best to alternate mounting from both left and right sides so as to "even up" the pull on your horse's back, but again, I doubt this is vital.
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I don't know about the saddle tree issue, however I think people should mount according to their ability. If you are pulling yourself into the saddle and half pulling it off on your way up, then you should be using a mounting block. I just read a post about a girl had to mount from the ground with no girth in order to pass a college class. If you have that kind of ability then I think its fine to mount from the ground without causing discomfort for the horse.
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I don't know about the saddle tree issue, however I think people should mount according to their ability. If you are pulling yourself into the saddle and half pulling it off on your way up, then you should be using a mounting block. I just read a post about a girl had to mount from the ground with no girth in order to pass a college class. If you have that kind of ability then I think its fine to mount from the ground without causing discomfort for the horse.
WOW! I can't imagine that! :O
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If you do not have health problems, you can learn to mount without harming your horse or saddle.
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ummm I am on the ground, my horse is up there, I kinda figure it out. I'm not going to carry a mounting block around with me over hill and dale.
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I don't own any treeless, so no insight there. I do mount & dismount switching sides though on every horse I ride or train, the chiro suggested it years ago but for me it's more of a training thing. I want to be able to do anything on either side of my horse.

If you face your horse's side dead on, it will pull on the saddle. If you face forward and mount perpendicular to the horse the pressure is more of a front/back pressure on the saddle than side to side. I generally mount this way as it's become habit. In general it makes getting on them the first time a lot less unsettling for the horse and doesn't put the pressure on withers or roll the saddle at all. I think going this route would be good for a treeless if the mounting from the ground statement is true.

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I never mount from the ground unless I have to. I have always been told that everytime you mount from the ground it takes your horses back muscles 15minutes to return to normal.
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The only way I let someone mount my horse without a mounting block is this simple test. I remove the girth, place the saddle on the horse and if they can mount without the saddle coming off...then they can mount from the ground! If not, they use the mounting block. I use the mounting block!
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I just read an interesting note about treeless saddles, and how you should not mount from the ground. It went on to say that really no one should should be mounting from the ground because it will make your horse look "wrung at the withers" along with potentially making your saddle asymmetrical or throwing the horse's back out of alignment.
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I'm sorry, the whole never mount from the ground thing sounds like one of those horsey myths that just makes me -

Now, if the person is having balance issues- they shouldn't be mounting from the ground and thus pulling on the poor horse. But to me, they probably need to really practice balance (since it is the key to proper riding) before going anywhere away from the mounting block in the first place, like the trails if they are serious about riding (not just a one time thing). But that's just me.
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