Mounting... HELP! (my fault... not the horse's)
OK... I've probably only mounted on my own a few times, in all of the times I've ridden. And almost all of them were ponies. So now... the BO is wanting me to just be able to go in, tack up the horse (or have him tack up the horse), and then I mount on my own and ride off... the problem is... I can't get more than a couple of feet high!
I have the stirrups all the way down... so they're the lowest they can be. I have my foot in the stirrup, I'm standing towards the back, and am almost getting a running start, but can't pull myself up. He ends up having to half push me up.
I'm pretty sure it's because my leg muscles aren't strong enough, or that I'm not relying on my legs enough, and too much on my hands... but do you guys have any tips? There aren't any mounting blocks, and the fence won't work because it's just a top rail and nothing else (it's a ring, not a pasture). And the other fence that has more rails is electric.
Once again... got any tips? For exercises to strengthen those leg muscles, for tips on how to get that "bounce", etc.
The horse is still... so I don't have to worry about that. I just have to keep my hands on the reins otherwise he likes to move off as soon as I'm on. I can ride fine when I'm on, as well as dismount fine... :P