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post #21 of 34 Old 03-22-2013, 08:33 AM
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(psst, it starts as soon as you get out of the teen years)
So true *sigh* at 28 I feel like i'm 80 most days. I can't mount from the ground, I have to be careful when I dismount and have become very picky on saddle styles and seat as well as stirrups. Even leathers make a difference on the rough days lol.

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Lockwood, you've made me sad now :( (just joking)
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I dunno about that. I didn't seriously start falling apart until I hit 54. Now I have heart trouble and have to take medication for it, plus I'm smack dab in the middle of mentalpause which makes me homicidal and/or weepy depending on which hormone is in a state of flux.

Oh, and I've had vertigo for about 10 years but that's not uncommon in women over 30, and it rarely interferes with my life. I take meclizine (generic Dramamine Less Drowsy) for it, and that keeps it at bay 99% of the time.

Sure, the joints and bones are less fluid and more creaky and when I fall I don't bounce anymore, I splat and break things, but overall I think I'm still in pretty good shape for an old broad who's been ridden hard and put up wet more times than I can count!
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An ankle brace and jointed/flexi stirrups will work wonders! I have a similar issue with my right ankle and for the longest time I had to ride with a brace and jointed stirrups. Oddly enough, after two years of riding like that, I can now use solid irons without an issue.
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HC,

My mounting block is high enough that I can stand flat footed on the top of it and swing a leg over; same thing for dismounting.

If I absolutely, positively have to, I can mount from, and dismount to, the ground (like after having a horse spook out from under me and the choice being remount from the ground or walk home) but it is difficult and painful. I'm also pretty sure I'm not doing my saddle or my horse any favors.

If I can find a photo of my mounting block, I will post it.
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Please do Maura! It might give me an idea of what to make hubby create for me!

I know I still have to work on the whole mounting traditionally thing at some point as I don't think lugging a large mounting block to shows will be practical when the time comes.

*mutters* Shouldn't have got such a bloody big horse...

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Please do Maura! It might give me an idea of what to make hubby create for me!

I know I still have to work on the whole mounting traditionally thing at some point as I don't think lugging a large mounting block to shows will be practical when the time comes.

*mutters* Shouldn't have got such a bloody big horse...
I don't lug a mounting block. My grooming kit is a mounting block

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I don't lug a mounting block. My grooming kit is a mounting block

I have that exact same box, NBE. I use it for getting on Casper, but need the 2 step block when getting up on JJ. He's 1 h taller than Casper, and those 4 inches in height really make a difference!
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I couldn't mount from that height if there were several large crocodiles snapping at my ankles, currently.
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