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post #1 of 11 Old 05-10-2014, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Age and judgement

Has anyone else noticed that as you get older it's harder to judge how much "umph" you need to put out?

For example, yesterday Thunder was lined up perfectly along the bank that runs alongside his barn so of course I decide I can't pass up the opportunity to climb on. The bank isn't high enough for me just to throw a leg over so the intention was to jump and lay over his back on my belly then swing my left leg around and sit up. Sounds easy huh? Well I jumped too hard and kept right on going off the other side of him. Kicked poor Este in the face on my way down because she had her nose in our business, but other than giving her a startle it didn't hurt her. Thunder just turned his head and gave me the look that said, "You fool!". LOL

I find myself facing the same dilemma when I get on Cutter. I mount from the ground when using a saddle and I'm used to riding tall horses so being I'm only 5'2 1/2" I have to use all my umph when getting on. Cutter isn't tall, maybe 14.2 (I haven't measured him since he quit growing) and I find myself standing there with my right foot in the stirrup, left foot on the ground and debating on how hard I need to push off the ground. Seriously, it's like I'm frozen in trance trying to think it through.

Why does judging distances seem so hard these days?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-11-2014, 12:00 AM
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What age is "older" here? I can see that it might be true in your teens, though for me that was long enough ago that I don't really remember much beyond the fact that I was really uncoordinated until after I stopped growing. I find just the opposite has been true as an adult. The more experience I've gotten, the better I am at judging just how much effort to apply.
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At approaching 60, I haven't run into that. Maybe it has to do with activity level in general.
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Maybe it's just your thing?? That's OK! My thing is staring off into space so much that people wave hands in front of my face, and tripping over my own feet (literally... there was nothing there) so that my dogs give me stupid looks (the dogs!!) I have done what you did getting on bareback more times than I would like to say. My mare figured out that if there is no saddle, all she has to do is take a step in the other direction and I won't be getting on.

It's OK to be a klutz on occasion (and I am one too... believe me!). It just makes you more adorable
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Regardless of your age, the method of mounting sounds like it would be at least a bit stressful ( if not painful) for your horse.
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Well, I'm in my fifties and it just seems like in the last few years it's become a problem.

Maybe if I could be honest with myself I'd say it was probably the weight gain thing and not the age thing
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Regardless of your age, the method of mounting sounds like it would be at least a bit stressful ( if not painful) for your horse.
Which method? The bareback one was a lot more painful for me than it was Thunder. If you're talking about the saddle method so far I've been lucky and none of my horses have ever had a sore back but if it ever gets to the point where it's bothering them then I'll switch to mounting block. Believe me the 4 leggeds around here get top billing.
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At approaching 60, I haven't run into that. Maybe it has to do with activity level in general.
That too Boots. I just don't ride as often anymore as I used to but it still doesn't explain why it's easier for me to get on my 16 hand horse than it is to get on my 14.2 one. All logic says it should be the other way around.
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and I find myself standing there with my right foot in the stirrup, left foot on the ground and debating on how hard I need to push off the ground.
Might be easier if you put your left leg in the stirrup.

(Unless you are mounting on the horse's right side.)
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See? I can't even tell left from right. I'm a mess! LOL
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