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    10-21-2011, 11:54 PM
Training a horse to give you a leg up?

Okay, I have seen this thing were horses help the rider into the saddle, or on bareback. I am not the most flexible person so if I could teach Mary Anne to do that it would be awesome, any ideas on how to teach a horse to do that would be appreciated.
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    10-21-2011, 11:55 PM
You mean park out? Or lie down? Or reach around, bite you on the shoulder, and toss you on their back?
    10-22-2011, 01:17 AM
I've seen videos where the horse will lift a front leg for you to use as a mounting block of sorts but have no clue how they would teach that (and I'm leery of damage to the leg).
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    10-22-2011, 02:20 PM
What??? You want your horse to help you on?? I don't know if that's possible..........But I got an idea. If you're not flexible enough to git on, try putting a smaller horses and a pony beside him. You can climb onto the pony, then onto the small horse, then onto yer regular-size horse.

To dismount, do the same thing. Just line 'em up and step down. Or ride off into a pond and just fall off into the water for a soft landing.
    10-22-2011, 11:52 PM
When I was little I used to wait for my good old gelding to put his head down to graze then I would jump onto his neck, he would throw his head up and I would slide down his neck onto his back, then have to turn around without falling off... not a good idea but he always took care of me... and since I weighed about 80 pounds back then it didn't hurt him...

I think the park out thing must put incredible strain on the horse's back and legs, like most other tricks... maybe you could get a mounting block or even an extend-a-stirrup thing....
    10-23-2011, 12:09 AM
Now I just want know how you would teach it. But I found what it is called, Neck mounting.

I also found a video(at the very beginning), know how to do this in a western saddle.

Neck Mounting Parelli 3rd level & Sidepassing Freestyle - YouTube This I could do, it is more the getting my foot in the stirrup because I ride with my stirrups kind of short, and have yet to figure out how to shorten my western stirrups from the saddle.
    10-23-2011, 03:35 AM
Why don't you use a mounting block? Or a fallen log, or stand on part of the fence?
    10-23-2011, 03:54 AM
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    10-23-2011, 11:20 AM
Where I will mostly trail ride it is all field and rode, no fence, no fallen trees(they are all cut for firewood as soon as found), etc. I need to work on getting on without a mounting block, it is also I don't want the saddle twisting her back, and I need to rephrase the thing, it isn't that I am not flexible at all it is just I am not able to get my foot up to my chest and still push off the ground, I just realized this, when I went to get on my cousin's horse who is 15.2, I also I need to know figure out how to get on a 18h mammoth mule without any help or a mounting block, this will be interesting.....
    10-23-2011, 12:06 PM
Maybe you could bring a collapsing stool along with you? As far as getting the horse to help you, it seems like teaching him to lie down would be the most effective route, though I don't know how much extra strain it puts on them to get up with a person on their backs.

And an 18hh mule? Holy cow!

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