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post #21 of 41 Old 09-21-2013, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Kotori View Post
Just thought I'd add my story to the mix.

I'm only 17, and 140 and find it extremely difficult to mount from the ground. I was told that I needed to learn how to, but nothing makes me feel worse than that moment when I'm not sure if I'll make it or not. I think it is something everyone has trouble with but doesn't want to admit. I'm always going to use a mounting block. better for your horse, your saddle and your self esteem.

I don't think everyone has a hard time mounting from the ground. When I was younger, I had no problem getting on any horse from the ground. Not even my 17.2 hand Trakehner but I had a friend that was my age, that was less physically fit and was heavier that had a hard time getting on a 15 hand Quarterhorse. I think that there are a lot of factors. Weight, flexibility, upper and lower body strength etc... People who have bad knees have a hard time. People who just have not done it much, it can be improved on with practice usually.

I have seen all kinds of funny "mounting misses" over the years. It isn't always older people or heavier people. I have seen some very funny misses with younger, thinner people who just didn't have the strength or coordination at first. Like everything worth doing in life, it takes time and practice to master the skill. Don't every give up.
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post #22 of 41 Old 09-21-2013, 12:16 PM
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What a wonderful attitude you have! Keep dropping the pounds. You will feel so much better. I do!
I'm 130 lbs., just under 5'3", and a senior. I have ridden all my life. My horse is 14.3 hands. I always look for an "aid" to get on...block, step-stool, rock, stump, high side of a ditch, or (my favorite) a picnic table. Makes life so much easier for myself and my horse.

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post #23 of 41 Old 09-21-2013, 12:32 PM
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Hell, I'm only 28 and my horse is only 15 something, but I still think picnic tables are the best things ever. Judging from my horse's willingness to stand quietly by a block (versus getting fidgity/doing the 'cowpony swing' when I mount from the ground) he does too.

Good on you OP- riding is about you and the horse first. Everything else is secondary!
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post #24 of 41 Old 09-21-2013, 12:33 PM
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This is so awesome! Good for you!!

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post #25 of 41 Old 09-21-2013, 03:28 PM
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You have really inspired me. I am 61, disabled, and overweight, and I want so much to ride again. We are working with a farrier/vet/trainer who promises to get me riding again, and is going to help us build me a mounting block
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post #26 of 41 Old 09-25-2013, 03:21 PM
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This is soooo inspirational for a 52 yr old w/a bad back and clueless as far as horses go. It's nice to know I'm not the only one!

I would however love to know what excercises were recommended! Please!

Thanks for sharing this. You've done wonders to others and myself who wonder if we can. :)
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post #27 of 41 Old 09-25-2013, 04:38 PM
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It's a skill that should be learned. Dismounting on the trail is seldom planned but it does happen and getting back on can mean walking a long way looking for a stump or ditch to stand the horse in.
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post #28 of 41 Old 09-25-2013, 05:24 PM
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Good for you!
I also had doubts when I decided to return to riding at 52, 270 pounds, dust allergy and arthritis in my spine. I rode in high school, but that was a long time ago. But my kids were grown and I needed a hobby. Decided I wanted to ride and thought I should lose some weight first. Nope, just bought a bigger horse. Got a nice 16 hand 1250 pound dead broke appy mare. When I moved her into the ranch they actually had to add a third step to the mounting block. They give lessons and trail rides and EVERYONE uses the block to get on. Some of the riders can mount by running up behind, hands on the butt and into the saddle. I just shake my head. It would be nice to mount from the ground, as we trail ride only and one day took a short cut and got caught in barb wire. I had to dismount, took about five minutes, then untangled her and had to walk twenty minutes to a cement calvert that was tall enough so I could get back on. Doubt I will ever be able to mount from the ground, she is not happy when the saddle ends up down her side.
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post #29 of 41 Old 09-25-2013, 05:38 PM
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Very lovely post, Dark. Don't sweat mounting from the ground too much... As you build your strength and fitness, it will come. That will be the best day EVER.
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post #30 of 41 Old 09-26-2013, 12:10 AM
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Congratulations! You're following your dreams and that is what life is about....setting goals and following our dreams.
When we are young no one tells us how hard getting older will be. Just, keep in mind, as a child you learned to walk by crawling and then cruising. One day you let go and stood for just a second before grabbing hold again. When you took those first tentative steps and fell, you get up and tried again. That's what learning to ride is.
The harm is not in the error but in not trying. So GO FOR IT!
Keep in mind a buck is often easier to sit than a spook sideways. Congratulations, you know your body will follow the shy
Ride the stout horse with lots of bone -your weight will be nothing to them.
Ride the steady eddy and leave the youngsters to the youngsters.
ALWAYS use a mounting block! FYI as a child in Bonn, Germany they never let us mount our horses. You were either given a leg up or you used a mounting block... if not, you didn't ride. Now, all my horses are taught to saddle up to the fence, gate, mounting block, trailer bumper or anything I have climbed up on so I can mount. I only mount from the ground if nothing else is available - not from need but to preserve their back. This "saddling up" has proven to be a great test for my horses readiness to behave under saddle. If they are not ready to ride (too full of themselves) they won't move over for me to get on. At that point I do a bit more ground work and try again.

You are a true inspiration so please continue to follow your dreams. If this instructor isn't the right one with a helpful attitude, find another. You can do this!
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