Mounting right vs. Wrong side
Trailhorserider, Thanks and I have really liked your Avatars esp the one between the ears while trailriding, very fitting for the name you use here.
I began mounting from the right to even things out/make things equal on both sides just as you say.
Additionally though I feel that all the time I spend getting a saddle to fit and be evenly weighted everywhere was being 'upset' when tightening the saddle (always from the left as that's the way saddles are built). The left side was being pulled down during cinching, and sometimes I would even go around and pull it a little back to the right, then what was happening to the pad/blanket and skin/hairs?
So I began to think of mounting from the right as sort of evening that out. Tighten to the left, get on from the right. I have to say the horses adapted to it quicker than I did. It was very awkward for me at first, but I kept it up and now I feel that I am more 'even' also.
I also practice equalizing my weight and butt/leg muscle use while I'm driving a car. Using my left leg on the floor the same as the right is doing on the pedals... Now that IS weird.
PS. I will take your advice about the breastcollar, it was the first time I used it and it was on the loosest hole setting, I will try again tighter or use another I got from a flea market that has the over the withers strap already, this one matches the pad so well though I'd like to use it.
Last edited by anndankev; 06-15-2011 at 11:29 AM.