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post #1 of 15 Old 08-10-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Fear of mounting

I know I'm not alone, and even though I try and visualize the graceful transition from block to saddle, it is so very hard to dismiss this image from my mind

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-10-2012, 10:20 PM
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Having found myself is just such a position , once, I can say it is as uncomfortable as it looks!
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-10-2012, 11:27 PM
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Lol yup that's a problem
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-11-2012, 12:26 AM
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Lol! Perhaps a mattress adjacent to the block for the landing?

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-11-2012, 12:29 AM
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Oh heavens, been there done that. My farrier wanted to see one of the horses rode and I did that while he was there, so embarrassing!
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-11-2012, 01:02 AM
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The stable where I used to take riding lessons...
Oh, my gosh. I embarrassed myself soooo much! Out of my intermediate class, I was the most advanced (HAH! I had only been riding 3 years, the rest 6+) and I always tried to look as good as possible. I volunteered to take the big, scary jumps first. I was the first for everything. I tried to set an EXAMPLE.
But my horse would always seem to know when everything was getting too perfect, or I was getting too smug.
Right as I was in a smooth mount, he'd casually step away and turn his butt toward me and sniff the ground. Then as I guided him back he would overreact to everything I wanted him to do. Come this way, boy...*lifts arm in direction of wanted travel*.....horse jumps and races over in that direction. I would proceed to get my arms ripped out of my sockets and my boots tangled in one another xD

Once I pulled both tendon thingies under my thighs during one of these spectacular dressage-worthy sidesteps....I think I even snapped a tendon once. I don't know what exactly happened, but I was popping Aleve and Advil left and right, and I was so pained that for 2 weeks my mom had to bring me to school and bring my backpack and everything. PLUS I had to get someone to carry my books for me....lol. On top of that I had pulled muscles under my arms....

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post #9 of 15 Old 08-14-2012, 05:22 AM
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I've never used a mounting block fr this particular reason

I did however, use one of my jumps one day (stupid, stupid, stupid) the pole on top was quite wide and only slightly round so i thought well hey this will be fine... I had crappy slip on shoes ( one of those spontaneous bareback rides) Hoped on the jump, and as I lifted one leg to get over the horse, she sidestepped and I landed (ungracefully) UNDERNEATH the jump somehow while she stoof there going "you idiot human"

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-14-2012, 06:28 AM
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I fell off just like that dismounting. Then I had to crawl back to the mounting block to pull
Myself up to
My feet. Sad
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