Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
Mounting on the left... what's the big deal?
Everyone in my area seems to throw a fit when I mount/dismount my horses on the right, but I don't see what the big deal is. I've always mounted on whichever side I happened to be standing on, and none of my horses have a problem with it, so I don't see why I should have to get on the right. And, the way I see it, we desensitize a horse to everything on both sides, so why ignore mounting from the right? I've (unintentionally, without giving it much thought) mounted one of my friend's horses from the right and he wouldn't stand still for nothing, but mounting from the left, he stood like a statue.