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post #11 of 19 Old 06-14-2011, 01:54 PM
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I started at a hunter lesson barn that would not allow you to mount from the ground, period. You were not taught to mount from the ground. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not good for the horse's back and we should never do it.

I blame this for my body being unable to figure out how to get my sorry (way too wide) behind from the ground onto the horse with out a block.
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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).

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You've probably already tried this, but have you tried mounting from the "off" side? It takes a little practice, but it is good to know how to mount from both sides anyway. Then maybe you are using your good arm more than your bad one.

I always mounted from the left for YEARS until I had knee trouble one year. Then I learned to mount from the off side (and always using a block or stump or rock) in case my knee got worse. Luckily it healed, but now I mount and dismount from both sides of the horse for practice.
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I almost always use a mounting block, when shopping for horses, I tested a few where I *had* to mount from the ground as the owner didn't have a mounting block and boy did I feel like an idiot struggling into the saddle. If you are using an English saddle, you can drop the one stirrup to it's maximum length to make getting on easier and then adjust it back up to proper length once you are mounted.

My one piece of advice, don't have a non-horsey person build you a mounting block. My well-intentioned hubby build the following for my quite short self.



The horse in the background is over 16hh, it's a great mounting block except..... um, it's taller than my 14.2hh gelding and stepping down onto a horse just doesn't work. It's great for holding a water bottle on hot days and it's currently bracing a loose fencepost. Completely useless as a mounting block and my hubby STILL doesn't understand why I use a small 2 step plastic one!
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I use a mounting block the whole time for the good of my horses back, because I'm a nice person.

It has nothing to do with the fact I'm old, fat, and have dodgy shoulders, back and left knee, no siree it's for the good of the horse.

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You've probably already tried this, but have you tried mounting from the "off" side? It takes a little practice, but it is good to know how to mount from both sides anyway. Then maybe you are using your good arm more than your bad one.

I always mounted from the left for YEARS until I had knee trouble one year. Then I learned to mount from the off side (and always using a block or stump or rock) in case my knee got worse. Luckily it healed, but now I mount and dismount from both sides of the horse for practice.
You know, I thought about this when I was struggling to mount my friend's little 14hh arab mare the other day. I really need to practice doing this and need to teach Aires (when the time comes and he's under saddle) to accept being mounted from either side. To be completely honest, I don't need a full two-foot mounting block...just an extra six inches would be fine. lol

I found this thing on a draft horse website called a step-up stirrup. It's basically like a portable mounting block that attaches to your saddle and wraps around behind the cantle, for when you can't find a stump or rock to use as a mounting block when out on the trail. The only problem is that it apparently only works with Western saddles (or saddles that have a horn) and I'll more than likely be riding in an English saddle for now and "upgrading" to a hornless Aussie saddle for trails once Aires stops growing. It's the second item down: Draft Horse Hunting/Trail

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I use a mounting block the whole time for the good of my horses back, because I'm a nice person.

It has nothing to do with the fact I'm old, fat, and have dodgy shoulders, back and left knee, no siree it's for the good of the horse.
LMAO! Very true - good reason is always a good reason.

I used to get on horse from ground with western saddle. However with english the darn saddle ALWAYS slips on my qh (ANY saddle, ANY pad, tight girth). So the block is a big thing (or someone should keep the stirrup on other side). I also never slam my butt in saddle but keep weight in stirrups at first and then slowly landing on back of horse.

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I use a mounting block the whole time for the good of my horses back, because I'm a nice person.

It has nothing to do with the fact I'm old, fat, and have dodgy shoulders, back and left knee, no siree it's for the good of the horse.
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Sign me up too, please. My horse is only 14.1 and I only mount from the ground about once or twice a year just to proove I can still do it, but I have to grab the cuff of my jeans to place my foot in the stirrup.
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