Originally Posted by bsms
Hahaha I meant with a mounting block!!!! And you do put your left foot in the stirrup, you just don't lean into it. Depending on the height of the horse, you only have to propel about two feet to land softly without putting weight in.
That dressage trainer was seriously that hardcore with me, and he made me do it from the ground because he said I was light and "athletic" enough.
I was like, uh, you're way off bro. I'm a cross country runner, not a gymnast.
But, my new saddle hasn't stretched, and my horses shoulders are evenly muscled, so obviously there's less uneven wear and tear happening.