Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
With Mia, I have to stand facing her rump, keep my balance with my left hand and use my right to turn the stirrup. Then I have to hop and jump to get my left foot into the stirrup. Only then can I twist around to face forward. If I start facing forward, I can't keep my balance in the jump.
After 2 years, I can ALMOST get my foot there without jumping. Sure makes me appreciate the 4" shorter legs of my gelding...if I ever get another horse, I'm putting a 15 hand limit on its height!
To strengthen, I'd start with using a chair. Put your left foot on it and step up 5-10 times. With more repetition, your leg gets stronger. Then raise the chair until you can practice on something close to stirrup height. You might try it with both legs, so you won't look like Arnold with one leg and Olive Oyl with the other.