We all know how to mount. Grasp reins in left hand, face horse, place left foot in stirrup, swing up and settle lightly into the saddle.
For this plus rider, it's not easy at all!
First of all, placing foot in stirrup puts my bent knee above my hip. Result? I cannot straighten that left leg to swing up.
Ok, lets get the mounting block out!
Hmmm, same problem. It seems my belly is too big to allow me to get close enough to the horse to gracefully mount.
Hubby holds off stirrup so saddle won't shift under my weight.
I stand on the stool, place left foot in stirrup and grunt while I try to literally climb my way up the side of the very patient gelding, Chip. No doubt he's wondering what the heck I'm doing!
Pull grunt pull grunt, leg comes up and I'm balanced on my belly over the saddle while my right leg scrapes across his butt. Ooooo graceful!
I hear hubby's encouragement while the horse snorts derisively.
I'm up! In the saddle! Oh boy I made it! Joy and happiness!
Hubby is happy. Chip licks his lips, wondering what took so long?
Maybe next time it will be more graceful, eh?
This was actually an accomplishment for me since Chip hasn't been ridden since last year, but he was such a good boy, patiently standing there over three attempts of his owner/rider huffing and puffing her way up his side, while his buddy Nick was offended at being left in the pasture so he was running up and down, calling to Chip and bucking and carrying on.