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post #1 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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help with getting in the saddle

I am back in the saddle after not riding for 15 years. I am have trouble getting in the saddle from the ground. I uas a mounting ramp. Need ideas on how to do this I had ridden for many years before the last 15 but am older now.
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 03:25 PM
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LOL, I hear on the older bit........

Unless you can mount your horse from the ground without yanking the horn over to one side then using a mounting block is must. You can do serious damage to the horse's withers and back.

That said, if your a trail rider sometimes you need to dismount and then get back on. I use whatever I can on the trail to give those extra couple of inches. A stump, a dip on the side of the trail, trailer bumper. Worst case when I can't find anything, I ask whoever I'm riding with to hold the saddle steady from the off side.

You will get strong and more flexible the more you ride which will make it a bit easier.
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 04:27 PM
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I think using a mounting block is OK - I do it sometimes. ;) I'm only 16, LOL! :P But anyway, if you have trouble mounting from the ground, I've found that taking your stirrups down a few holes helps. But then again, if nobody else is there to shorten them up again for you (or you could do it while you're in the saddle, but that can be difficult!), then maybe that's not a good choice.
I think using a mounting block is fine, though.

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post #4 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 04:35 PM
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I used to ride 16+h horses in my younger days. Now that I'm older, I just got a shorter horse. My theroy is "The older I am the shorter my horse needs to be".

All kidding aside, a mounting block is a very acceptable way of getting on without hurting your horse or yourself.

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post #5 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 04:36 PM
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I'm nineteen, and while I'm not particularly fit, I don't weigh much and have no injuries or disabilities. And I have only ever mounted from a block or with a leg-up :) There's nothing wrong with using a block and it's much kinder on your horse's back too.

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post #6 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 06:04 PM
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If you haven't ridden in a while, just use the mounting block until you build enough strength to get on with out one. My Mom (when I could get her on a horse) would always use something because she can't stretch her leg up that far without her back hurting (I had a 15.3HH horse at the time, then got a 14.1HH that was later sold). I'd say go for it!!! If your ever stuck out on trail the easiest way to get on is find some uneven ground with you on the high side (I have to do it, when riding bareback), it is SO much easier, lol!
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post #7 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 07:21 PM
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I ALWAYS use an mounting block because I believe its best for my horse's back. If no mounting block, I'll put her down in a ditch or I'll stand on a tree stump etc. Its not because I can't get on her without a mounting block - I can - I just think its better for the horse not to have all that twisting action going on with his/her back. Plus, it can't be good for your saddle either if you're not especially good or fast at mounting.

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post #8 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 10:05 PM
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I use a mounting block (stump actually, I'm cheep ) I can get up when necessary but because I'm on the short side my stirups are shorter and thus a long reach for me. I see nothing wrong with a boost.

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post #9 of 22 Old 09-18-2008, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you guys for the nice comments I use a block all the time. But this is my first time out on a long trail ride in 15 years and don't want to look to silly looking for something to help me get on.I am going with my old friend who I grow up ridding with. I am sure that she will be helpful.
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-19-2008, 06:08 AM
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If your friend is able to mount on her own, why not practise leg-ups with her? It took me a while to get the hang of them.

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