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?