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post #11 of 18 Old 02-08-2011, 09:40 PM
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Those are like my pads. I am tall but can't seem to mount from the ground regularly. What I do is grab a lock of the main(do not pull on it...its just for balance) and try to put my leg over the backbone. With enough leg power and momentum I usually make it up. Think of it as a take off :)
It helps to even just stand next to your horse and jump straight up, then try hooking your elbow on the other side of their withers, and wiggling yourself up a bit, then swinging your leg over. If you figure it out, it takes about 3 seconds to get up.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-08-2011, 10:25 PM
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I don't want to hijack the thread, but any suggestions on figuring out how to jump that high??? As far as technique goes, I mean. haha for some reason I just can't seem to get up there without a very high mounting object. Running starts aren't an option for me personally, my horse would run away from me faster than I could run toward her.

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post #13 of 18 Old 02-08-2011, 11:09 PM
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The running at her and stopping would help her from running away, or have someone hold her if a running start is what you need. But really, it just takes practice. Poseidon's got a decently swayed back and she's about 15.1hh, so I've smashed my left boob on her withers more than my fair share of times. Or just smashed into her side and slid down.

After some practice, I could jump up from a standstill and swing myself over.

Sorry for hijacking!
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-09-2011, 05:56 PM
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yeah...desensitizing and all...she's just a hypersensitive horse so I don't know if it's really a good idea. I've worked SO hard to get her so that I can even touch her face, and move normally around her. Still a ways to go, it'd be easier if she were younger. Where she's 13 everything is so ingrained....anyway, thanks for responding! I just feel like I must be doing something wrong haha...seems so impossible!

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Those are like my pads. I am tall but can't seem to mount from the ground regularly. What I do is grab a lock of the main(do not pull on it...its just for balance) and try to put my leg over the backbone. With enough leg power and momentum I usually make it up. Think of it as a take off :)

Thats how I always got on bareback (when I was young and thin). Now I can hardly get on my 14.2 pony lol
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-09-2011, 07:19 PM
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yeah...desensitizing and all...she's just a hypersensitive horse so I don't know if it's really a good idea. I've worked SO hard to get her so that I can even touch her face, and move normally around her. Still a ways to go, it'd be easier if she were younger. Where she's 13 everything is so ingrained....anyway, thanks for responding! I just feel like I must be doing something wrong haha...seems so impossible!
My mare is going to be 8 in June and I'm fairly certain has never been ridden bareback in her entire life. If I so much as put my arms on her back and add weight she gets all..defensive? if that makes sense. She doesn't know what I'm trying to do. So my bareback experiences are from older horses that I work with in the summer.

I have to get a bareback pad some time and hopefully that will help her understand and transition down. I want to swim with her in the summer!
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I know what you mean by defensive. My mare does the same thing, jumps back, kicks out, snaps her teeth...and I want to swim as well!

I love bareback pads because my mare's coat just seems too smooth and I slip a lot without them!

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-10-2011, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, the jumping thing isnt an option for me cuz my horse is almost 16hh and Im 5.4. lol. The info was very helpful!
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