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    12-15-2011, 02:36 AM
  #1
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Tips for mounting from the ground?

Disclaimer: I wasn't sure if this went under training, riding, or what so it's here...

According to Lacey, I get on like a stack of bricks trying to climb a wall. AKA she thinks I should be doing a MUCH better job when I'm getting on.

I have no problem getting on when I'm riding in a western saddle, I can just swing up there like nobodies business, but with my Aussie saddle (no horn) it's the hardest EVER to get on from the ground.
In a perfect world, I'd get on using a mounting block but since both places I get on are in the middle of trails with no stumps in sight (I walk her to the trails, get on, ride for two miles, get to a giant hill-get off, walk down, then get on again and ride the rest of the way), we're kinda out of luck that way.

I'm a relatively skinny, tall, person and she's only 14.1 so I really should not be having this hard of a time getting on.

My usual is that I stick my left foot in the left stirrup, facing her, grab her mane, bounce a few times to get momentum, then try to jump up there. However, my bouncing momentum seems to only last halfway up, then I'm left clambering up her side like a jerkface...

I would just work on it on my own but Lacey is getting mad. She starts out "trying" to shove me up there with her head (as soon as I take my final bounce, she comes around and bops me in the butt with her head) and by the second remounting, she's reaching around trying to bite me in the foot/leg when I'm bouncing. I really get after her for the biting and she knows that's not ok but I think this mounting stuff is really frustrating her so I'm feeling super bad.

Anyway, any tips?
Please help me stop being a jerk to my poor old lady horse!
     
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    12-15-2011, 04:02 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Mounting block xD

Okay, in all seriousness... With the bouncing? I normally start by the neck, one bounce parrallel to the shoulder, next bounce lands my in the position parallel to the saddle then BOUNCE up we go.

I normall place a hand on the pommel, but don't drag on it as you may pull the saddle out of place.

Hope this helps ;D
     
    12-15-2011, 08:01 AM
  #3
Foal
I'm short, like 4'10" so I've bounced and scrambled up on a horse many times But I was going to buy these things to help me with that but ended up buying a 13.3 hand pony and don't climb anymore but maybe for you?

Http://www.amazon.com/Cashel-Step-Up-Stirrup/dp/B002WVLFHC/ref=sr_1_13?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1323950306&sr=1-13
I know you said you had no horn so maybe:
Http://www.amazon.com/Mount-Stirrup-Western-Misc/dp/B000B9Q8QU/ref=pd_sim_sg_1
Hope this helps!
     
    12-15-2011, 08:06 AM
  #4
Yearling
When I don't have a mounting block I make my stirrup longer lol. When I get on I feel really weird though, but it seriously helps since I ride with my stirrups jacked up for jumping....and usually have tight jeans on haha.
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    12-15-2011, 08:08 AM
  #5
Weanling
What you said sounds like you're not pushing yourself hard enough with your leg when you do the bouncing.
     
    12-15-2011, 09:17 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
I literally have no hops, at all. Like if I jump in the air, both feet, the highest I get is maybe 6 inches off the ground. It's pathetic. Hahaha

That's a good idea about making my stirrup longer! Why didn't I think of that! I'll give that a try when I got for my next ride.

Pintophile, I'm sure that's a large part of my problem. Do you have any suggestions for being able to push off the ground harder?
     
    12-15-2011, 09:21 PM
  #7
Trained
My tip is acknowledge the laws of physics and know that it is impossible to mount a 16.2 horse from the ground! 14.2 I could swing by lowering the stirrup a few holes, but my horse...no way1
     
    12-16-2011, 04:15 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
My tip is acknowledge the laws of physics and know that it is impossible to mount a 16.2 horse from the ground! 14.2 I could swing by lowering the stirrup a few holes, but my horse...no way1

ROFL
I am 5ft6 maybe 7... 18.1hh from the ground, my dear, 18.1HH. Once I thought I'd dislocated my hip, I was showing a student how to mount from the ground... yeah. I made a muppe tof myself!
     
    12-16-2011, 06:58 AM
  #9
Foal
Wink

It can get a bit tricky to mount 16+hh horse with english saddle. But it's not impossible. ;) I think you might rely on your left leg too much and then you end up concentrating your weight on one side, the horse starts fiddling around and that does'nt make it easier... Try jumping a bit more and help yourself with your right leg aka. Let the swing of the leg help you.
Hope this helps at least little bit.
     
    12-16-2011, 07:05 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by RideInTheThunder    
It can get a bit tricky to mount 16+hh horse with english saddle. But it's not impossible. ;) I think you might rely on your left leg too much and then you end up concentrating your weight on one side, the horse starts fiddling around and that does'nt make it easier... Try jumping a bit more and help yourself with your right leg aka. Let the swing of the leg help you.
Hope this helps at least little bit.

Agreed! Mine stands STOCK still , not allowed to move! The bigger they are, the harder it is, but lengthening a stirrup helps SOOO much!
     

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