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post #1 of 40 Old 07-07-2009, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 40 Old 07-07-2009, 01:35 AM
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Most horses are trained to stand for one side. So if you went to mount a horse you didn't know, you should mount from the left because chances are they're more comfortable with that side. However if it's your own horse, mounting both sides is a good idea. For you and them.

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post #3 of 40 Old 07-07-2009, 01:39 AM
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ive never gotten the big deal either
but hey my instructer said that it is better 4 the horse (which i dont get but....)
so if anyone gives you a reasonable answer please tell me

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post #4 of 40 Old 07-07-2009, 02:17 AM
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its because in the army and stuff back in the day were horses were used for war, it was so your sword didnt get in the way whilst mounting, also they wanted the whole troup to be co-ordinated so they all mounted from the same side :)
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post #5 of 40 Old 07-07-2009, 02:42 AM
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and because most modern riding techniques evovled from the military, they have stuck, (please excuse horrid spelling, its the school holidays)
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I have always mounted and dismounted from the left side and will probably never do it on the right side because 1. it confuses me and I don't like it and 2. I don't think it really 'benefits' the horse to be able to mount from both sides anyway.

But it might be helpful if you're in an emergency and must mount from the right...
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Hm... My horse wont stand still for mounting... probably just behaviour, but next time I'm going to try on the right... I probably wont be able to do it, will probably get confused. OH WELL. But my instructor makes a big deal of it too. A few years back I was riding one of the bigger horses and decided that since it's easier to get the girth up a few holes if you are up higher, I stood on the mounting block just to get the girth up and she went off the handle because I was on the wrong side. O_O I don't get what the big deal is either.
My mom has decided it's so you can walk your horse and your dog at the same time, you're supposed to be on a horses left and your dog's right... it fits! haha.
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Hm... My horse wont stand still for mounting... probably just behaviour, but next time I'm going to try on the right... I probably wont be able to do it, will probably get confused. OH WELL. But my instructor makes a big deal of it too. A few years back I was riding one of the bigger horses and decided that since it's easier to get the girth up a few holes if you are up higher, I stood on the mounting block just to get the girth up and she went off the handle because I was on the wrong side. O_O I don't get what the big deal is either.
My mom has decided it's so you can walk your horse and your dog at the same time, you're supposed to be on a horses left and your dog's right... it fits! haha.
It kind of ticks me off when this happens. Sure, it's considered the proper "English" way of doing things (of which I'm quite a big fan, tbh :P) but if you ONCE do something on the right-hand side it's not like the world's going to end. :roll: I rug and saddle and do all kinds of things on the right-hand side.. I just don't feel comfortable mounting on that side
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I think people are just so darn used to it that they can't manage mounting on the other side! ... or doing anything else.
Personally, I think it's stupid to not do anything on the right side... it just seems like it could put you in a dangerous situation or something... as silly as that seems... if you have to do something on the right side and your horse isn't willing to stand?
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yeah, that's probably the only downside to not being able/willing to mount on the right side. Training your horse as a one-off to stand quietly to mount from both sides would be worthwhile, because even if you never really mount from the right side, in an emergency it would save a lot of hassle and potentially even safe a life.

I guess it's just an issue of how safe you want to be, and how prepared you want to be in an emergency.
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