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    06-08-2013, 04:19 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by usandpets    
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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That may well be right giving the horse a que when mounting. However in the case of the older generation some of us don't have any bounce fore getting on, or for when we fall off.

My horse knows when I rock the saddle from side to side I'm letting him know I am about to try and get on so he has the time to brace himself. He also knows it may be another five minutes and several attempts before I manage it.
bsms and goneriding like this.
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    06-08-2013, 04:24 PM
Originally Posted by JCnGrace    
These days it's whatever works and it aint pretty!
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    06-08-2013, 08:54 PM
Great replies, love them!
    06-08-2013, 09:07 PM
Green Broke
Well my old 16.3 hand tb I had to use the bouncing method or the back of my moms truck haha. He was a saint. Then the little 14.2 Arab I rode you had to push your weight on the stirrup once or twice then grab mane and hoist up, he had a nasty habit of turning around as I went to mount that I would think I got fixed then out of nowhere he'd start again so sometimes it wasn't pretty and forget using a mounting block with him he would run right out from under you. Now I ride 14.1-14.2 hh that It doesn't matter how you get one, in fact the one I want to buy I can swing on bareback, hook my boot and then shimmy up the rest of the way haha Rey ungracefully.
    06-08-2013, 09:25 PM
Goneriding, I was taught very similar to you and I ride western.

Left shoulder against horse's left shoulder, left hand with reins on neck, right hand goes across the front of the seat and grabs the right fork(or bucking roll),not the horn or cantle, left toes(not foot) in stirrup, head turned to watch the horses ears and swing up.

I was taught that standing near the flank was bad in the event a horse cow kicks(which was more likely than being bitten) and if a horse was to take off, like mentioned earlier in the thread, easier to get mounted rather than left behind and a foot hung in the stirrup.

Usandpets, loved the video, I got a good chuckle :)
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    06-08-2013, 09:43 PM
Green Broke
Another little thing I do is hold the head away from the side I am mounting on. That tends to make them side step towards me when mounting not away which is the norm.
    06-08-2013, 10:11 PM
Green Broke
I turn their head a little to the side I'm getting on. That way if they do move, it is in a circle around you and you can keep their focus on yourself better.

Thanks Cowchick. Most of the ones I put on there are for laughs.
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    06-08-2013, 11:01 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by usandpets    
I turn their head a little to the side I'm getting on. That way if they do move, it is in a circle around you and you can keep their focus on yourself better.

Thanks Cowchick. Most of the ones I put on there are for laughs.
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This is true on keeping their attention. I have found by having the horse move towards me when my foot is in the stirrup I continue to mount as i'm off the ground and not hopping after the horse. However, we all have our ways of dealing with these little things our horses throw at us.

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