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!