If you're in the woods and don't have a block....time to get creative!
I've stacked rocks.
I've put her in the stream bed and I got on the bank. (only to have the bank crumble)
Pretty soon I'll be swinging on branches like Tarzan to get back on!
My mare will stand in any hole I put her in to let me mount, but I normally mount on a chair in the riding ring. All I REALLY need is a depression in the ground significant enough to put her a couple of inches shorter and I can scramble up if I twist my mouth the right way HOWEVER, when given the opportunity, I always find something to mount on.
Nice posts people. I have allways felt well.. not so good that I have had to use the step stool to get on and the others could just pop up and go. If I tried the stirup the saddle rolled. I am glad to know that I am not the only one.
I have to mount from a gate or fence. I had a motorcycle accident a few years ago which mucked up my left leg and on top of that I am about 260lbs so I don't have the muscles to pull myself up, PLUS I don't think it's fair on the horse to have me pulling myself up and over, don't want to twist her back :o)
When out hacking and I have to get off a open/shut a gate, I just get on from that gate :o)
My horses back is very tender so only when I have nothing around do I mount from the ground. However I use a mounting block whenever I can to avoid hurting him. Though I am light, tall, and fit and could mount from the ground any time. Mounting block is always a good option.
I am so glad to see so many advocate a mounting block...no matter the size of the rider. Best for the horse, that's for sure. We keep a Rubbermaid two-step stool in the trailer. Light weight and easy to use. But use whatever...log, boulder, block, ditch or picnic table.
When I was 12 I got my first horse, a 16.1 thoroughbred. I couldn't hike my leg up that high if I tried, so I had a chair that I used. One day it tipped and I found myself underneath him. Luckily he was sweet enough to stand still. So until we got a ramp built, I used the fence to just slide on. After a year of growing and building muscle, I could get on with no aid. My 15 hand quarter horse I could climb on bareback from the ground. But there is no shame in using an aid to get on! I about peed my pants because I was on a trail and didn't want to get down to pee, because I didn't know how I would get back on! Posted via Mobile Device
I am always having to find a stump or creative way to get on my horse. Has anyone had luck with any of the mounting stirrup aids that are advertised? It is so embarrassing to ne struggling to get on while everyone watches! Posted via Mobile Device
Tell them to get a life if they laugh at you. It depends on how many hands your horse is in relation to your own height and your level of fitness. I am 5 ft 3" and my horse is 18hh. I can't mount him from the ground and never will be able to, not even pulling the stirrups down. I have to stand on steps or a mounting block. No-one laughs. His previous owner had to climb up on a dining room table to get on his back. Just use whatever enables you to get on your horse safely. Other people will have to get over it.