Originally Posted by Golden Horse
I have to ask ladies, my biggest problem as a large rider in a western saddle was dismounting, what with the issues of not wanting to have all ones weight on one stirrup to step off, then trying to navigate excess flesh around the saddle horn, without getting a bra (industrial strength) caught on said horn, well I struggled.
I bought an Abetta Endurance so get away from the horn issue, and of course English is easier still, so how do you dismount safely and elegantly as a big girl with a western saddle?
I have always been a little "fluffy" while I had horses...even in my younger days, but nothing like now, of course. I always kicked out of my right stirrup and swung over, but my upper body was well over the center line of the horse, so I kept myself "counter balanced." I would support my weight with my arms - even as large as I am now, that's not too hard. Then kick out of the left stirrup and drop to the ground. Actually, slide out of the saddle to the ground. Haven't hung my bra on the saddle horn.
Only two bad things with my dismount...I seemed to have developed some "belly rolls" and they don't much like my sliding down out of the saddle. Especially if my shirt rides up and it's bare skin sliding down the leather...ouch.
The other thing? Definitely to remember - NOT to dismount on the downhill side of a tall(ish) horse - the drop is farther than you think! Knee is still a tad painful!