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        06-11-2008, 01:07 AM
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    Foal
    Question about the taller horses, and shorter people

    So, I have never had a horse over 16hh, and my new 3yr old is right at 17hh. I am 5'3.....

    How do you guys get on these horses? Does the average 2 step mounting block work?
         
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        06-11-2008, 01:27 AM
      #2
    Showing
    I just became really stretchy and was able to mount my 17.1hh gelding from the ground.... but mounting blocks are the way to go.
         
        06-11-2008, 07:38 AM
      #3
    Started
    Yep, get a mounting block and start stretching. I used to have an instructor who was this tiny 5'1" German lady...her two hanos were 17 and 17.3 She told me to stretch a lot and jump rope.
         
        06-11-2008, 08:35 AM
      #4
    Showing
    Yepp, everyone else has pretty much said it all! Mounting block...but it is good to keep stretching, in case you're on a trail or something & need to get back on if you were to fall, or just get off.
         
        06-11-2008, 08:42 AM
      #5
    Showing
    Vida isnt very tall and I am, but I'm old and feeble I use a mounting block at home and on the trail I just look for a low spot and put her in it. Or hubby gives me a boost
         
        06-11-2008, 02:23 PM
      #6
    Foal
    I'm 5'3" and my horse is almost 16h and still growing. He's got at least a couple inches to go yet.
    I'm not a skinny minnie anymore, and my knees have never been great, so I use a step up of some sort 99% of the time. Whether it's a stool, a stump, a hill....anything to help. It's much easier on my knees and also on my horse's back. I can get on him from the ground in an emergency, but there are very few places I ride where I can't use the terrain or an object to my advantage when mounting.
         
        06-11-2008, 03:15 PM
      #7
    Foal
    I am the farthest thing from a skinny minnie. Infact, I am having gastric bypass on the 7th of July. I hope that eventually down the line I will be able to become streatchy and reach. But I just don't see that. I mean, I stand next to her, and its like OMG!!!




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    Originally Posted by FriesianSH
    I'm 5'3" and my horse is almost 16h and still growing. He's got at least a couple inches to go yet.
    I'm not a skinny minnie anymore, and my knees have never been great, so I use a step up of some sort 99% of the time. Whether it's a stool, a stump, a hill....anything to help. It's much easier on my knees and also on my horse's back. I can get on him from the ground in an emergency, but there are very few places I ride where I can't use the terrain or an object to my advantage when mounting.
         
        06-11-2008, 06:53 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Yeah, i'm not so tall but pretty flexible so I just raise my leg really high But I'm also a little lazy :) so mounting blocks are good! If you're ever in a fix you can always just lower your stiirrup several holes and then put them back up once you're on!
         
        06-11-2008, 08:40 PM
      #9
    Trained
    Or, you can do like my mother did. She was 5'2", the horse was only about 15 hh I think, but since my mom was older then, she just taught the horse to kneel down for her to get on!
         
        06-11-2008, 09:17 PM
      #10
    Showing
    As far as mounting blocks, I used to use just a 2 step step stool. I just bought one of those plastic mounting blocks about a month ago. I love it. I got the 3 step because it had a storage place under the top step. Its really handy to keep fly spray and last min. Things in. I highly recommend the 3 step mounting block. The 2 step didn't have the storage compartment.
    I'm like FresianSH on the trail, just use whatevers handy and use the terrain to your advantage. If I'm on a hill I just put her in the downhill side and I can get right on. I've also used the wheel fenders on the trailer, rails on a fence and rocks, just whatever it takes to get my fat bottom up there
         

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