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    06-07-2013, 03:20 AM
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I get a good laugh at people who make a fuss about which side you mount from. I'm a firm believer that a horse should be 'safe' to mount from both sides, though I find it super awkward to mount from the right and miiight end up on my horse backwards.
     
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    06-07-2013, 03:38 AM
  #12
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I'm only 5'2. Sooo...I get on however I can. Lol If people wanna make fun of me for the way I mount, I'll laugh right along with them.
     
    06-07-2013, 04:51 AM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Tarpan    
Something like this:

Did you like that? I got that idea from Clinton Anderson. If you haven't figured it out, that's me on my wife's out of control, obnoxious and ornery horse. At least that's what someone said our horses are. You never know how bad someone is going to be getting on.

I mount from either side. Just depends on what side I'm on. I face their side, put my foot in the stirrup, and bounce three times before I get up and on.
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    06-07-2013, 05:09 AM
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Teach the horse to allow mounting from both sides One never knows when you will need to mount or dismount from a side an untrained horse will give you grief.

As for mounting if you get on, and the horse did not bite, kick, buck, or dump you in some way then it has to have been the right way
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    06-07-2013, 09:27 AM
  #15
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If you're mounting in the show ring and "proper mount" counts, I can understand the concern

If you're trail riding, the proper way to mount is whatever gets you up on the horse AND doesn't hurt the horse.

Many's the time my horse wished he had a bag over his head because I have never used a saddle and I haven't been able to jump on a horse since I was 18 --- not even my 14.3H fella.

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These days it's whatever works and it aint pretty!
     
    06-07-2013, 09:55 AM
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Yes, that is the "proper" way to mount a horse based on a silly tradition. I, like others, believe that it is important to be able to mount a horse from either side. You never know what will happen and there have been times where I HAD to mount on the horse's right side.

Also, I am a firm believer in always using a mounting block. Mounting from the ground is not good for the horse's back from the constant pulling. Plus, why make things harder on yourself when you can use a block? I do think its important to be able to mount from the ground, but even when I need to dismount on a trail, I will look for a close by tree to use. Only if there is nothing I can use around me will I mount from the ground.
     
    06-07-2013, 10:02 AM
  #17
Green Broke
As far as I'm concerned if I've ended up with a leg either side of the horse and my butt in the saddle without hurting the horse, then I've done a-ok.
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    06-07-2013, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
Did you like that? I got that idea from Clinton Anderson. If you haven't figured it out, that's me on my wife's out of control, obnoxious and ornery horse. At least that's what someone said our horses are. You never know how bad someone is going to be getting on.

I mount from either side. Just depends on what side I'm on. I face their side, put my foot in the stirrup, and bounce three times before I get up and on.
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I love the part where you grab the horse's face!
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    06-07-2013, 06:40 PM
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Trained
I believe the old tradition of facing the back end of the horse to mount was that if the horse took off, you could swing yourself around and still get on. And, yes, that works if you are ready for it. Better than just standing facing the horse, or facing the head of the horse anyway. But, we are no longer, generally speaking, dealing with horses that are going to take off on us when we mount, so I think that mounting this way causes more problems than it prevents now.

I mount from either side, general facing the horse or slightly towards her head. I don't bounce, never understood the purpose of it, but then again, I have no difficulty at all mounting. I even used to get on my 17.x mare bareback without a block. (took practice, but I got it!)
     
    06-08-2013, 06:55 AM
  #20
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Bouncing does two things. It gives your body upward momentum. Also, if done every time you get on your horse, it "warns" them or tells them you are getting on and they can better balance themselves. At least that's what I think.
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