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post #1 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Proper Mounting

I have a question. When I rode huntseat way back when, I was taught to mount with my left shoulder parallel with my horse's shoulder, insert stirrup then do a couple of bounces making my way to about facing the side of my horse then mount. Is this wrong or just different? I get razzed from time to time on trail about this and I was just curious.
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post #2 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 09:33 PM
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I do it that way because I have better balance getting my left foot in the stirrup when my left side is against the horse. Those with younger legs, longer legs or shorter horses can do whatever works. When possible, I prefer a mounting block for Mia, and she is only 15.2...maybe 15.3 tops.

When people talk about mounting a 17+ hand horse, I have visions of an emergency ladder hanging down from the saddle.

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post #3 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 09:34 PM
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Doesn't sound too crazy to me, I'm not sure there's a 'text book proper' way to mount. I, myself, almost ALWAYS use a mounting block regardless of the height of the horse, I don't think they need any more extra strain from the bouncing and hauling yourself up, it's hard on their backs especially mounting from the same side every time. I'm a bit paranoid about the soundness of my horse (but then we've also never had any issues so lol)
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post #4 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 10:08 PM
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I always face my chest towards my horse's opposite shoulder, whilst on a mounting block, put my left toe in so it's pointing parallel to the horse's body and stand on it, leaning my weight over the saddle while I swing my leg over and gently lower myself down so I don't kick my horse.

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post #5 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 10:38 PM
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post #6 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 11:30 PM
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I was taught to mount this way too. It was the proper way to mount, and keeps toe from jabbing into sides. And it was the way it was done in Saddleseat. If you didn't have a groom to leg you up.

I always found it much easier too, when I was young and thin.
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post #7 of 28 Old 06-06-2013, 11:36 PM
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An oldie but goodie:

Mounting using the horn

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I am of the beleve that a horse can take a mount from either side. Sure there's a right way, that's deemed as being socially acceptable, but in real life a horse should just cope.
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post #9 of 28 Old 06-07-2013, 12:05 AM
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post #10 of 28 Old 06-07-2013, 12:32 AM
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I am lucky to be able to mount at all so you certainly won't see me judging any one else's mounting technique!

I got told off by my friend last week for mounting from the right hand side. It's hard to mount my horse, he moves around a lot. If his saddle is on and you approach the left hand side of him, he'll do a jig. We're working on it. Plus I'm a bigger girl and mounting is hard for me. He didn't move an inch when I mounted from the right hand side. If he didn't care why should my friend? If anything, I'm grateful that my horse is patient enough to put up with me since it'll frequently take me 4 or 5 tries to get on.
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