Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Oh, I didn't mean for it to sound like I'm "ashamed" to use a mounting block. I'm not at all, actually! When I worked at the Girls Scout horse camp last fall we HAD to use a mounting block (mainly because we had to be good examples for the girls, who were required to mount from the block, but also to save the horses' backs), so I got used to it. And I don't mind a regular leg-up (forming your hands into a stirrup to give someone that extra *umph* to get their leg up and over). It was the type of boost the BO gave me on Saturday that I seriously want to avoid at all costs. lol
Anyway, I guess I was asking more from the standpoint of if I ever end up riding a horse that doesn't/can't/won't lead to a mounting block or stand at a mounting block to be mounted (like the horse I rode on Saturday). I'm definitely going to train Aires to lead to/stand at a mounting block. Was going to start today, but there was too much going on up by the barn where the mounting block is (a BIG trail ride was coming back just as I was taking him out of his stall and I really don't want to deal with him and mares in close proximity until he's gelded).
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.