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....
The love for a horse is just as complicated as the love for another human being...If you never love a horse, you will never understand.
Last edited by Lockwood; 03-22-2013 at 05:06 PM.