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    07-17-2013, 10:55 AM
I ride English so I tighten the girth from both sides anyway. Having double elastic ends on the girth is a big help. I also drape the girth over the saddle without it being attached and the stirrups are run up, so it isn't an issue on which side I put the saddle.

I could mount Conny from either side and often did, but haven't tried it with JJ or Casper. I don't really think they'd care, though. It's a bit awkward for me and I'm a lot clumsier mounting from the right, but it's not too major of an adjustment for the horse. A second or two of, 'Whafu are you doing?' and then they settle.
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    07-17-2013, 11:49 AM
I don't know why, but it is much easier for me to mount from the right. Probably something to do with my clumsy legs. My horse does not care at all and often stands still better when I'm on the right side.
    07-18-2013, 02:12 PM
Originally Posted by phoquess    
Maybe it's true for other horses, but it sure doesn't apply to mine! His mane falls on the right and that's his worst side by far.
See, my horse's mane falls to the right and he is much more extended on the right. He bends to the left like a pro because his stride is longer on the right. The second I switch directions on him, he stiffens right up. Could be he is just out of shape, could be a conformation issue, could be that he is an OTTB...

Or maybe he is right handed! That's my new excuse.
    07-18-2013, 04:19 PM
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Since I had my head injury I find it physically impossible to mount or dismount' from the 'wrong' side. I can't seem to figure out how to make my legs work that way around
Mounting and dismounting on the left works really well when you live in a country where they drive on the left - if you have to mount or dismount when out hacking you are automatically on the side of the road and not in the middle dodging traffic.
    07-18-2013, 08:33 PM
Originally Posted by QuietHeartHorses    
I read somewhere that horses can be left or right handed just like humans and that whichever side their mane falls on is their dominate side. The article had some kind of study backing it up, but who knows if it's accurate. It sure is interesting though!

Anyway, the article said that horses should be saddled up and mounted from their dominate side, so whichever side their mane is on. Looks like I have some work to do, my horse's mane is on the right.
Very interesting. With my two mares, the mane falls on opposite sides so I will have to pay better attention when I ride them.

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