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post #1 of 17 Old 04-29-2012, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Dismounting Issues!!

So I'm pleased with all the riding/exercise I've been getting in, I'm starting to tone up, especially on my upper body/flabby stomach overhang. Which is brilliant.

HOWEVER... I've got a new issue haha! I guess in the past when dismounting I had roughly a bigger body to get off and became very adjusted to this weight being this way. New changes, new weight areas etc = little confidence in getting off after nearly falling off twice in the process now.

I thought it was just a one time thing... past three rides I've gone to get off and felt like I was going to fall off instead. Not sure what I'm doing, going to break it down next time I ride. Just really dislike this feeling... I guess it doesn't help I have a new horse who's rather downhill - now that definitely proved a mission to get off

However, I've never had issues with dismounting Honey, so I guess it's to do with like I said above, the change of weight ratio.

Has anyone else with weight loss experienced this? Maybe I'm more energetic or something in the dismount haha!


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post #2 of 17 Old 04-29-2012, 01:24 AM
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I'm not Plus Size, but I have had some seriously goofy close calls dismounting my horse. I do the both feet out and fling myself off method (for desensitizing him and it's safer since he's green and it's good on my stirrups/saddle) But sometimes I forget to bend my knees, sometimes I bend them but fall on my butt. Other times I lose my balance and fly backwards.

How exactly do you dismount?

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post #3 of 17 Old 04-29-2012, 01:31 AM
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when I dismount Zulu I use a belaying line to get down his Yosemite's Half dome sides. (17 hhs!) I just try to breathe out and bend my knee when landing .
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post #4 of 17 Old 04-29-2012, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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It's not the landing that's the issue... its the getting OUT of the saddle. I go to lean forward and feel unbalanced when I go to swing my leg over her back. I'm forever going "is she standing up or resting a leg?" to my friend and then moving her, trying again, feeling the same way! Darn thing!


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Wait, so you lean forward.. then you feel unbalanced?

Why are you asking those questions?

If you aren't balanced, then fixing her position probably isn't going to help you feel balanced. Nor is worrying if she's on all four feet.

Sorry if I'm not understanding you correctly.. hopefully someone does and offers you solid advice :P

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It's not the landing that's the issue... its the getting OUT of the saddle. I go to lean forward and feel unbalanced when I go to swing my leg over her back. I'm forever going "is she standing up or resting a leg?" to my friend and then moving her, trying again, feeling the same way! Darn thing!

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No no, I know she's balanced but the first time that's what I did. The other day I got off in one go, and landed a bit weirdly, but it was much better than the first couple of times... its rather interesting and goodness me I don't know what I'm doing differently... it's just been as I've noticed my weight shifting into other areas...


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No no, I know she's balanced but the first time that's what I did. The other day I got off in one go, and landed a bit weirdly, but it was much better than the first couple of times... its rather interesting and goodness me I don't know what I'm doing differently... it's just been as I've noticed my weight shifting into other areas...
Oh okay I get it now! I'll shush since I don't have any experience with that :P
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Hehe thanks though!


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so try riding 2 point.. it will get your body used to the change in your center of gravity
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It's not the landing that's the issue... its the getting OUT of the saddle. I go to lean forward and feel unbalanced when I go to swing my leg over her back. I'm forever going "is she standing up or resting a leg?" to my friend and then moving her, trying again, feeling the same way! Darn thing!
I have the same issue as you I have a disability on my right side
That adds to the problem

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