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        08-16-2013, 07:24 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I have ridden bareback all my life.

    While I have done some butt sliding trail riding, I stopped being able to jump on my horse before I was 25.

    I don't own a horse that hasn't wished for a bag over their head when I have put them in some stupid "predicament" just so I can get back on:)

    I look for anything to get back on:

    1. A hillside to where I can get a little above the horse.
    2. Big rocks.
    3. Big tree limbs.
    4. Stand the horse in a deep ditch.

    If the horse won't stand still -- school them at home to learn to sidle up next to anything and everything. My philosophy is "I have until midnight, it's your choice." Annnnd I have two horse that found out I meant that - lol lol

    Lastly, never-ever get off the horse until you've found something to put the horse beside or down in - lollol
         
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        08-16-2013, 08:45 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Most interesting thing I've used to as a mounting block while on a trail ride was a rock that was tucked back into some bushes. It required my green three-year-old draft cross to walk into the bush and stand there with the bush tickling his belly while I got my fat butt up into his saddle (mind you, this was a year and a half ago when I was 80lbs lighter than I am now). He stood like a champ. Made me incredibly glad that I'd taught him to stand still next to pretty much anything so I could mount.
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        08-16-2013, 10:24 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    A few weeks ago I was a little too vigourous with my mounting bareback from a rock in the woods. I pushed off and the next thing I knew I landed on my feet but on the complete opposite side of my paint horse. I couldn't believe what I had done! I started to laugh my head off. I've never done that move before. It was hilarious!
         
        08-17-2013, 12:02 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I don't ride horses I can't mount from the ground, however, I use mounting blocks always, as I think they are better for the horse.
         
        08-17-2013, 05:08 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I'd practice vaulting. They do it in many pony club games, and it is a valuable skill. But, like mentioned before, if there is an obstacle to mount from, use that so you don't hurt your horse's back.
         
        08-17-2013, 07:01 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I will use anything I can find to avoid mounting from the ground, especially since I ride in a treeless and they are not great at staying in place. I recently used my mini mare when I couldn't find anything else, just lined her up next to my gelding and put my foot on her butt to give me a little boost up. It didn't bother her at all and I am pretty light. I wouldn't make a habit of it though as it probably looked pretty strange for someone that might be watching!
         
        08-17-2013, 05:16 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Buy shorter horses. I find the older I get, the shorter my horses are, LOL! But seriously, I trained my girl to side up to me when I raise my arm and click my fingers. That way I can mount from anything nearby: ditch, rock, stump, log...

    In this video skip forward to 3:31 and 7:02 and 10:54 and you can see what I mean:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzdF...tL8ppJEI5Yinng
         
        08-17-2013, 06:08 PM
      #18
    Banned
    It is impossible for me to mount from the ground because I am only 5'2 and drifter is 16.2

    If I am on the trail (or getting on bare back because the mounting blocks aren't talk enough) I use a variety of things. The back of a car or trailer, a log, a deep ditch, water. I have also trained drifter to line up along side a fence, log, etc to make it easier for me to get on. That REALLy comes in handy ;)
         

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