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post #121 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 05:22 PM
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I went to edit my prevous post but it took to long and the admin said NO So read it slowly and it will make sense. Over 50 weeeeeeeeeeeell over 50.
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post #122 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 05:26 PM
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I cannot mount without a mounting block due to muscle weakness. Dismounting is also hard due to the weakness, but gravity helps with that. My DH also worries that I will fall off and get killed. So you know what I did? I took out an accidental death insurance policy on myself. If I fall off and die, he gets lots of money. My friend told me that DH might put firecrackers under that horse now that he knows.........
A stone in the blanket is a little more discrete and more likely to look like a mistake on your part. I'm in the money I'm in the money Thats a little ditti that plays when ones lotto ticket has a win.
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post #123 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 05:34 PM
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this is why 50+ classes at shows are such fun, there are many people who hit 50 with some junk in the trunk, or in my case on the roof bars, strapped to the side pods, and everywhere else. A lot of us now love our mounting blocks, and spend far more time teaching our horses to stand still, while we clamber on less than elegantly, that is just life.

But hey I spent yesterday afternoon watching an older cowboy with a replacement hip mounting off of the ground and climbing on and off 3 year olds that he is starting, so we aren't all decrepit.

Seriously, if you can find a way to ride, safely and on the right horse, and you love doing it, then don't let people stop you,you only come this way once.

I did have to laugh, when I got my breath back, when I came off of Ben, the trainer comes running over

"lie still is anything broken?"

"Did you hit your head, did you black out? "

"You didn't damage your knees did you?"
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post #124 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 06:32 PM
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All this talk of mounting a horse, I had to post this set of photos.
Someone took these photos at the park and sent them to me.

This is a group of family and friends getting my Mom, age 81, on her horse.

Preparation: 3 step mounting block, 3 assistants, one person to hold the horse, one person on each side of the horse~

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The Climb!

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Steady now!

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Foot in stirrup, mounting assistant on the left assists to put foot in stirrup~

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Making sure we are ready for the assent, some added push needed~

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Swinging the leg over with major assistance~

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Passed the point of no return!

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Mounting assistant on the right, takes leg and brings it forward and puts it in the stirrup~

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Sitting up straight~

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VICTORY

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post #125 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 06:43 PM
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The dismount!

It is a bit easier!



Preparation, no mounting block, 4 assistants, one to hold horse, one person on each side of the horse, and one person just in case.~

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The two assistants on the right take the foot out of the stirrup ans swing the leg over the horse.~

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The person on the left catches the leg and puts it against the saddle in preparation of the landing.~

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Cane needed immediately!


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VICTORY!

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And this is why we do it!

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post #126 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 07:20 PM
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So, once up your mom can ride ok.
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post #127 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 07:23 PM
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I LOVE this pic



That smile os a million dollar smile, right there.
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post #128 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 07:41 PM
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I cannot mount without a mounting block due to muscle weakness. Dismounting is also hard due to the weakness, but gravity helps with that. My DH also worries that I will fall off and get killed. So you know what I did? I took out an accidental death insurance policy on myself. If I fall off and die, he gets lots of money. My friend told me that DH might put firecrackers under that horse now that he knows.........

I learned to ride at 48 (and physically there is not a blasted thing wrong with me YET), but I ALWAYS use a mounting block. I really hate grabbing the saddle and I hate how much force is put on it when mounting from the ground.

Also, I think it's easier on the horse's back if I can just gently plop in the saddle from a block.

I really think that there is absolutely no shame to using a block. I realize that others may beg to differ.
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post #129 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 07:47 PM
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I absolutely love that Taffy!
GH, speaking of 50+ classes, there isn't any when I show, however next weekend at BC heritage championships, my colleague & fellow rider convinced me to enter that division, aptly named "Select" division. I was hesitant to go under it as I had qualified under just open Senior. She made up my mind for me when she said "You have to go in that division in order to give the younger ones a chance at a medal!". Lol, that sealed the deal & she watched me fax my entries to make sure I chose Select.
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post #130 of 5613 Old 06-29-2013, 07:56 PM
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So, once up your mom can ride ok.

Yes once she is in the saddle she is good. She had both knees replaced and now her hips are bad. She gets good pain meds from her doctor, used for riding only.
She never eats or drinks anything once on the horse, for fear of having to get off and go to the bathroom.
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