What side do you get on? - The Horse Forum
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Left side 24 75.00%
Right side 0 0%
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post #1 of 19 Old 12-31-2007, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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What side do you get on?

Just wondering what side you think to get on. :)
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-31-2007, 12:41 PM
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what side to get on

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post #3 of 19 Old 12-31-2007, 02:03 PM
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Same as Dave. I use both sides to keep him sound. I can climb all over him. I can get on his rump and his neck.lol.

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post #4 of 19 Old 12-31-2007, 07:14 PM
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I mount on the left side, but I have been working with Gypsy a little bit to make sure I CAN get on on both sides if need be.
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-31-2007, 07:15 PM
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I usually mount from the left just because I'm lazy and a creature of habit. Although, the first barn I had my horse at didn't have a mounting block, so I had to mount from the ground. With my short stubby legs, short stirrups, and 16.1hh horse, it was quite an effort! (I know, bad for my horse, but it was only 2 weeks, no flames please!) After a week, my left knee started to hurt from mounting like that. I had to mount from the right and it felt very awkward! My legs were not as strong on the other side!

I generally dismount from either side and sometimes I slide back of his big butt!!
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-31-2007, 07:24 PM
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I get on from the left. For some reason I feel it's more correct, plus it's a habit.

When I used to practice natural horsemanship, it was considered "bad" and "unhealthy" for me to mount on the same side every time. It was the same story with leading your horse on the left.

Honestly, its not a big deal.
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-31-2007, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I know, Janie is good with mounting from either side, but I have been taught the left side for so long it feels so weird to mount on the other side!lol I try though.
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-01-2008, 12:16 AM
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I usually get on the left side, but I teach all the horses I have (and myself) to also mount from the right side.

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post #9 of 19 Old 01-02-2008, 04:26 PM
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I tend to get on from the left out of habit. But at certain events I am required to get on from the off side, so I try to practice it occasionally. I encourage new riders to get on from both sides as much as possible so they don't end up like me. My body memory makes it feel really weird from the off side...but my horses do okay with either side.
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-06-2008, 10:35 PM
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all my horses are freak easy, flighty tbs and one of my paints has been bashed and doesnt even let you get on unless your legged up so i always get on the left... the rest of the horses arent broken in lol...

but the new ones im training atm, ill use both sides so their quite

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