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post #31 of 34 Old 03-22-2013, 10:30 AM
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I'm lucky Miss E is only 15.2 and a gem for me when it comes to mounting. I swear if I wanted to teach her to lay down for me to mount she would lol. My ankles, knees and hips scream at me when I have to mount from that low but its the only option I have as my groom is usually myself or one of my students who are not really strong enough to leg up yet lol. At one show I actually climbed the gates they used for our stalls and mounted from there in the barn

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post #32 of 34 Old 03-22-2013, 10:30 AM
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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!
Ahhh, but what you didn't notice while obliviously (oblivious-ly... is that even a word??) having a great time in your 20's and early 30's was all these issues where starting to join forces and plan their attack. See, "they" wait until you are of a more "ahem" sensible age to mount their revenge, but still plotting all along.

Most 20 somethings don't listen at all to their bodies and "they" know that.
Don't believe me?
How many times have you said to yourself, "If only I had done less of "_____" when I was younger."

*stop looking in my coffee cup. There is nothing in there but coffee!*

This why I went from loving the big 17 and 18 handers to the itty bitty 14.2 handers.
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post #33 of 34 Old 03-22-2013, 11:15 AM
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Here is the mounting block I use. For reference the mare behind it is 15 hands. It works quite well. Then once on I have issues getting my right stirrup on (the ankle I broke, it just doesn't flex the same).

I do carrot stretches with both my girls once I get on and one day while reaching down and trying to get my stirrup on my dun mare (my older trail horse) held her nose against the stirrup while I was putting my foot in it. Boy did that make it easy. I gave her a treat and now when I lean down to do my stirrup I say "Blaze Help" and she turns and noses the stirrup to keep is from going forward away from my foot.

Proof that that Witch of a mare really does have a heart of gold somewhere in there....
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post #34 of 34 Old 03-23-2013, 08:38 AM
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HC, Here's a link to another thread where I posted a photo of the mounting block:

Sorry, apparently I don't have the photo saved on a photo site for easy pasting.
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