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    09-29-2011, 02:41 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by dee    
Congrats on getting up there - it's more than I can do! I have to use a picnic table or the handicapped mounting blocks at the lake we usually ride at.

When I rode my Dancer on that first/last trail ride, I hadn't seen the mounting blocks my daughter had been telling me about. Now, I really want one just like those! That mounting block was actually wheelchair accessible, and was up tall enough that all I had to do was swing my leg over - not a very easy feat, but I did manage it without looking like too much of a sideshow. Daughter nearly fainted from excitement that Dancer put up no fuss about that block, either. (Or my fat backside getting on!)

I think that block made it so easy for me to mount that I was able to settle into the saddle very gently - which I'm sure Dancer appreciated. I have been fussing at my sons in law to build me a home version of that mounting block. When hubby saw it, he started fussing at them too - he had a stroke several years ago, and can't get on a horse anymore due to left side deficits. That block would make it fairly easy for him. We would need to find him a new horse, since his was killed about a year ago, but it would be wonderful for him to be able to ride again (his doctor would even like to see him ride - it would help with his balance!)

Maybe some day our fussing will pay off, and we can ride at home! (At least we can once my foot finishes healing up and I can get a boot on again!)

Dee, do you have a picture of that mounting block?
     
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    09-29-2011, 05:29 PM
  #12
dee
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No, but I promise, I will get one by this weekend. I need a picture to give to my sons in law. Seems they've been waiting on a pic all this time...
     
    09-30-2011, 02:15 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
I hate mounting.. I had a 16.2hh friesian stud barrel down the arena with me and the saddle hanging on his side because friesians are practically witherless and the saddle slid off. I am 6'2 and rarely find it necessary to use a mounting block, as I always thought they were intended for people that couldn't reach the stirrups. Now I realize - after doing a face plant into the arena sand - that mounting from a block is a lot more helpful than that.

I feel so vulnerable when I mount. Like for those few seconds while I'm pulling myself up into the saddle, the horse could do anything. If my horse doesn't stand still while I mount, I get very agitated and aggressive toward fixing that problem. I remember at Sav's second show I walked her around the first 20 mins because I was just afraid to swing up - I wasn't afraid of what she'd do once I got in the saddle, I just get so nervous that between the time my right foot leaves the ground and enters the stirrup on the other side of the horse, so many things could go wrong.
I completely agree with you on the vulnerability. I was trialing a horse (poor guy has ringbone, so it didn't work out) who didn't stand for mounting, and was all prancy for a while until we got well into our ride. Prancy I could handle, but I HATED mounting him. My friend would help hold him, but I was always nervous until safely astride and balanced on him.
     
    09-30-2011, 04:28 PM
  #14
Trained
A note on the stirrup extenders, I was under the impression that they work more like a mounting block. You put your right foot in the extender, step up, and then put your left foot in its stirrup and swing over like normal. I could be wrong, though.
     
    09-30-2011, 04:54 PM
  #15
Weanling
Oh that's a good idea maybe I will try it that way when I go riding tomorrow and see if it work any better. ; )
     
    09-30-2011, 05:14 PM
  #16
Trained
Ah the horrors of the elegant mount, subbing so I don't forget to come back and share, at the moment I'm once again so glad to find that others have this issue of feeling vulnerable when stuck between the Block and a hard place
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    10-02-2011, 10:31 AM
  #17
Yearling
I can use a mounting block just fine, but I can NOT for the life of me do that thing where you just put your foot in the stirrup and jump up. I also need a really strong person to give me a leg-up because I don't know how to do it correctly where I'm not putting 100% of my weight on that person.

One time I did manage to do the jump-up in the saddle thing on a trail ride when I was riding Western and there were no other options. I'm not sure how I managed it but I never could repeat the trick.

But as one of my old instructor said "Real women use the mounting block!" (Or other device that doesn't entail just JUMPING into the saddle like some sort of gymnast ).
     
    10-02-2011, 12:14 PM
  #18
Foal
Ack, this is the bane of my existence! I recently started up riding again, used to do jumpers when I was younger and some dressage, stopped when I was 14ish and now at 27 I'm back in the saddle....Thankfully my instructor is very patient with me and takes her time with the mounting and the unmounting!
I have a horror story though, I went to Mexico and my sister wanted to go riding around the estuary (inland brakish water lake close to the ocean, lots of wildlife). Anyway I could not for the life of me get up in the saddle, nedlesto say I had 2 local guys trying to pushy my gigantic fanny up onto the horse...I wanted to die! I still want to when I think of that moment....................*cries in a corner*
     
    10-02-2011, 01:21 PM
  #19
Trained
Being big, and owning haffies with their beautiful round shape and non existent withers does make mounting an interesting time at best.

I ALWAYS mount using a block, although when I lost all the weight I did prove that I could mount from the ground, although it wasn't pretty, I will stick to the block, less stress for woman horse and tack.

BUT

Just right now, today I am struggling to go ride, simply because of my current mounting issues.

1) Last time I tried to ride Fancy, my little Haflinger, she bolted and bucked when I was half way on, dumping me on the floor, and totally shattering any mounting confidence I had. (this is some months ago now)

2) A few weeks ago I was mounting Bert when the cyst in the back of my right knee burst, causing the most intense pain, had to dismount again as soon as I could, and someone had to bring me a set of crutches, because I was non weight bearing.

SO, I was already scared by the whole, big woman pulling saddle under horses belly while she tries to get on picture in my mind, and this is now compounded by the actuality of the fact that someone MAY dump me, or my stupid knee will give out again.
     
    10-02-2011, 06:00 PM
  #20
Yearling
When I ride my boss's 16+hh TB, I have to use a mounting block.... I can eventually get up there if I try hard enough, and he's been raced before, so he doesn't stand quietly....

My 15.2 or .3hh QH I used the mounting block at first, but she's much better now standing while I'm pulling on the saddle horn...

Here's a pic of the "mounting block" I have... It's a step stool, it's under her feeder, so I have it handy, just in case! I got it at Lowe's Lumber
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