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Left side 24 75.00%
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post #11 of 19 Old 01-06-2008, 11:23 PM
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my tb and stb let you mount from either side but im pretty clumsy trying to get on from the right but i do do it occasionally. but not with my wb. he hates anything that is out of the ordinary. having said that, i am going to start doing it from that side once he stops spooking at his own shadow or mine lol he sees my shadow sometimes when im getting up and it scares the poop right out of him
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-06-2008, 11:29 PM
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I can get on from both sides; but I prefer the left. ;)
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-07-2008, 02:08 PM
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Horses have two sides to their brain, right and left. Have you ever heard the motto with horses that what you do on one side you always do on the other?
That is a true statement and for a very valid reason. So with that in mind I always do everything on both sides of the horse equally... including mounting. :)
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-07-2008, 04:32 PM
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Although I get on my horses mostly from the left side, I make sure I can get on both sides.
The 4-H kids I help with always ask why it is proper to get on from the left side. It is because most people are right handed, therefore they carried their sword on their left side. It was easier to get on their horse's left side than swinging a sword over it. At least, that is what I learned.
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-07-2008, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thats exactly right.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-07-2008, 04:41 PM
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personally, i just get on from the left side because it is hard to get on any other way for me!
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-07-2008, 04:42 PM
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You definitely should make sure your horse is ok with you mounting from both sides, When I have my own, I will make an effort to mount from both.

I'm a hipocrite, though, because at the stables I work at I almost always mount from the left. Partly because it was the way I was taught for years and I do it automatically without thinking, partly because I'm lazy and find it easier and partly because none of them are my horses and they're all very used to people mounting from the left.
I lead and do everything else from both sides, though (except bridling - I'm totally incompetant at putting on a bridle the 'wrong' way round and it's not fair to mess them about).
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-08-2008, 03:36 AM
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Our endurance trainer likes us to get on a horse from the left and dismount on the right.
At an endurance event it is often needed to get off and walk or run beside your horse several times during the race. Because of this a horses back can get sore from the continuous extra pressure on one side if the rider mounts and dismounts on the same side all the time so to even it up a bit we mount on one side and dismount on the other.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-09-2008, 02:08 AM
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It never concerned me to get on from the right side. I get on from a mounting block for ease on his back.

THEN I came off him and badly hurt my hip. When I was sound enough to get back on, I wasn't able to swing my right leg over him (even when mounting from the bed of my truck). Obviously I wasn't completely healed, but was unable to stay away from riding.

I can and do now get on from both sides.

The reason for mounting from the left side, goes back to the army days. It was safer having everyone mount from the same side. I read this somewheresss.

I think it's good for soundness issues, for their back, and to help if you aren't sound or in a situation where you can't get on from the left.

...This doesn't mean I'm capable of mounting from the ground from the right side. My brain still isn't capable of mastering it.
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