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post #1 of 11 Old 08-01-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Need your suggestions/help with mounting

Not sure if this is the right place to post, but I deperatley need some good ideas. (And sorry for typ0s, My fingersdon't work right) I finally got a horse about 3 months ago after being out of horses for 40 years. I was thrilled and happier than I'd ever been in my life. All I wanted was to go trail riding with my daughter. Unfortuntely 1 month after purchasinh my Nibbles, I have been diagnosed with chronic Guillan Barre syndrom - My nerve conduction in my body is only 30 %, and i have weakness and numbness in my hands and legs. I went from being active to being unable to walk within a 2 week time period. I now can walk with a walker, but my Dr and husband will not let me ride. I know I can keep my balance and my thigh muscles are strong, My hands work well enough to handle the reins. The problem I need help with is mounting. Unfortunately, my daughter has no flat land on her property so trail riding is all we can do. IF I should fall of on the trail, I HAVE tro be able to get back on the horse/.. At the barn I can use a mounting block, but on the trail I would need another way. My daughter and husband could help me some, but I have NO strength in my legs and tghey csn't lift me onto a 15.2 horse. Do you think i could carry an extra stirrup and , if needed, attach it below the left stirrup, so I could 'climb' up using my r leg, then left, then swing? I know it would be hard on my baby,but I have to prove i can get on before they'll let me ride, and I'm desperate!!! I couldn't walk more than a few feet to find a rock or a stump, so I casn't count on that, and the grails qare too narrow to get a motor vehicle down them if I got 'stuck" ANY sugestions?? Please?? I HAVE to ride = it's the only thing that is keeping me trying to get better
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-01-2012, 09:03 PM
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You might look at the easy mount collapsible stool. I don't know if it's tall enough but it's basically a tripod that folds and fits in a bag that attaches to the saddle. It has a string on it do you can pull it back up once mounted. There are also "stirrups" that attach to your existing stirrups and you don't have to lift your feet so high. Hope that helps!!
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-01-2012, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I will look into the stool. Do you know where I could check out the stirrups?
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-01-2012, 09:59 PM
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There are stirrups that are foldable and will drop down for you to mount and then fold back out of the way. Stool is also a great idea. Good luck!
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-03-2012, 07:38 AM
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I don't mean to be negative but are you sure this is the best idea? If you fall off on the trail there is quite a possibility that your horse will run off. If this happens you wouldn't be able to walk home, or even walk somewhere for help, and that's before you take into consideration any injuries sustained in the fall. If you have to dismount your horse and lead him across something dangerous/scary you may not be able to do that either.

By using a "climbing" mechanism to get up on the horse (such as the chain of stirrups) you're putting a lot of weight on one side of the horse's back, and it's quite likely that this will cause saddle slippage. Your alternative will be some kind of stool, but if you are lacking leg strength its probably going to be pretty high.

To be honest I wouldn't be riding out on trails alone in this situation, nor would I want any of my family to. Horse riding is really dangerous without any further limitations, and something like this would limit me to arenas, paddocks or riding in groups. It's not ideal, but life isn't ideal.

Another alternative of course is to get a smaller horse/pony. Depending on your size, something 13-14hh could be much easier to mount.
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-04-2012, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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I have no intention of riding alone - my husband and daugher will be riding with me. I just need more help mounting than they can give me so i don't hurt the horse. Thanks for the concern and the suggestons!
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-04-2012, 12:54 PM
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Most horse supply catalogs and sites will have the stirrups and stool:)
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-04-2012, 06:42 PM
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I have one of these in my pommel bag

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-05-2012, 02:29 AM
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I tried Googling a bunch, but the only things I've found are the mounting stirrups and the Easy Mount Step Stool. Strange, I thought I would find a wealth of folding stools, like those chairs people use for camping and such. I guess this isn't really a well-developed area? Anyway, I just wanted to say that I think it's awesome you're going to keep riding despite the physical troubles at hand. From what I've read, exercise (as long as you don't overdo it, they really stress that) can be really beneficial for people with GBS. It helps maintain muscle strength, build up muscles that have become weakened, helps keep the heart and lungs strong, build coordination, all the obvious things that exercise does for healthy people anyway. But still, I can see how the repetitive movements of gentle riding could help without stressing the muscles too much or putting too much strain on the joints. I'm not a doctor, haha, but in my opinion it's good that you're actually wanting to remain active rather than giving up.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-05-2012, 02:34 AM
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I don't know what your financial situation is, but have you considered a smaller horse? Icelandic horses are pony size, but bred and built to carry a full size adult rider. With the assistance of your husband and daughter, you may be able to mount a horse that is under 14 hands, even in the event of a mishap on the trail.
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