Mine is not so much that I worry about getting hurt (though that is an idea), it's that my future horses are much taller than I will be able to vault onto. John right now is 18hh and my goal is to be able to ride him around bareback and I have little doubt that Rafe will be no less than 17hh. Bareback is my main mode of transport in winter cause it is so much warmer and I can't exactly carry a ladder around with me . I may start working on that with John and Dobe, Rafe can wait. He is still getting the whole "hold up your feet for the farrier" thing down and I don't want to confuse him.
Haha, that's true. I have a 13.3hh gelding and I can get up on him bareback just by jumping up and doing this on his back: http://aspiregym.com/jenna%20on%20bars.JPG
Then I can swing my leg around from there.
My mare is a little bigger (15.1) and to get up on her I have to place her strategically next to a hill, and even then it takes me like 5 tries to get on her. I couldn't imagine having an 18hh horse! I'm only 5'3 : /