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        12-10-2012, 11:49 AM
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    Dismounting/Mounting in a parade

    I am interested in doing parades this spring with my percheron. She passes all the tests, but I don't pass the test of mounting her from the ground. I am 5'2" and am wondering if other 'shorties' have special tricks? I bought one of those ladder things...but that seems disasterous since when you put your foot in it it only swings you under her belly. I am going to try and put the stirrup on the lower level perhaps? But then the challenge is getting over the top from such a low height. I'm limber, but not young anymore, so no fancy leap over the neck tricks please.
         
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        12-10-2012, 12:28 PM
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    Hahahaha I have this problem with almost anyyu horse I ride. At five foot one and some change I am verrrry short and the back of the horse always seems so verrrry far away =P my horse was 16.2 HH and so I used to stretch a lot, to the point where I could do a heel stretch, in order to reach th stirrup to mount! This obvioisly isn't necessary bit if you can do some leg and back stretches it does help you stretch your leg to reach that stirrup =P sometimes stretching isn't practical though and your best option after that would probably be to lower you stirrups and adjust them to the proper length when mounted.

    Best of luck, and hopefully some of us other shorties can help each other out with ideas of how to mount our sky high horses =)
         
        12-10-2012, 12:34 PM
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    I'm short too, and on the heavier side. I've never been good at mounting from ground. I was able to mount a 16h TB from the ground only because there was NO way I was walking 3 miles home (left my phone by a creek). Where there is a will there's a way. Lol. I lowered the stirrup down and gave it a big old heave ho!

    Short of teaching your horse to bow so you can get on I would look up some videos of kids mounting horses from the ground. They always seem to impress me! Lol.
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        12-10-2012, 12:36 PM
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    Hahahaha I have this problem with almost anyyu horse I ride. At five foot one and some change I am verrrry short and the back of the horse always seems so verrrry far away =P my horse was 16.2 HH and so I used to stretch a lot, to the point where I could do a heel stretch, in order to reach th stirrup to mount! This obvioisly isn't necessary bit if you can do some leg and back stretches it does help you stretch your leg to reach that stirrup =P sometimes stretching isn't practical though and your best option after that would probably be to lower you stirrups and adjust them to the proper length when mounted.

    Best of luck, and hopefully some of us other shorties can help each other out with ideas of how to mount our sky high horses =)
    Yeah, I must say it is with all horses....even my 14.1hh mare. Plus I don't want to put any pressure on their withers if I don't have to. I can mount her from the ground, but choose not to. I am quite limber, but once I have my foot in the stirrup, I can't get the leverage to jump up!
         
        12-10-2012, 12:38 PM
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    I'm no help - my 15.2 qh is about as tall as I can mount from the ground. But what tests are you referring to for a parade? Around here if you can get the horse and rider to the start and have a valid coggins you're good. Results in some dangerous situations - a test might be a good thing!
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        12-10-2012, 12:42 PM
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    I'm short too, and on the heavier side. I've never been good at mounting from ground. I was able to mount a 16h TB from the ground only because there was NO way I was walking 3 miles home (left my phone by a creek). Where there is a will there's a way. Lol. I lowered the stirrup down and gave it a big old heave ho!

    Short of teaching your horse to bow so you can get on I would look up some videos of kids mounting horses from the ground. They always seem to impress me! Lol.
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    Yep, that's me too. Kids are light little bouncy butterflies....I'm not. My mare is old and definitely don't want her bowing on the concrete in a parade. Oh boy, this is not going to be pretty!
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        12-10-2012, 12:43 PM
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    You can look at my avatar picture and imagine....my stirrup falls to the middle of her barrel!
         
        12-10-2012, 02:13 PM
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    This might work? Easy-Mount Step Stool in Trail Riding / Accessories at Schneider Saddlery

    Cheers!
    Les
         
        12-10-2012, 02:20 PM
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    That is amazing! I might get one. Sure beats walking to find a log, tree or hill to mount from!
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        12-10-2012, 02:25 PM
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    I'm 5'4 - maybe less - and I had a 17.2 horse for 8 years.
    I found the easiest thing was to lower the stirrup to length that I could just manage to get my foot into with a bit of a bounce off the ground and then haul myself up - not very dignified but it can be done.
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