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  • Mounting block "high country"

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    10-30-2011, 03:50 PM
  #31
Weanling
I am ordering the three step from horse.com
Product Summary:

High CountryPlastics 3-Step Mounting Blocks $79.99ea.

Make easy work of mounting, grooming, or other barn chores with one of these convenient step units.

Feature built-in carrying handles and an opening for storage. Holds in excess of 500 lbs.

Measures: 31 1/4" L x 18"W x 22 1/2"H

2 Step Mounting Block also available #BRW47
     
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    10-31-2011, 12:44 AM
  #32
Showing
Having broken my knee I hadn't ridden in almost a year. Dumb dumb, on very warm evening decides to get on bareback, except I forgot just how tall the one horse is. OK, Stupid had a good solid mounting block so up I get. Horse lined up nicely, go to fling my leg over - no dice. And I haven't any excess weight and am long legged. I might have made it if there was something on the other side to grab hold off. I retrieved my leg and added another block, adding another 9". Slightly better. I did make it on. I rode around the paddock at the walk and did a few maneuvers. Too many bugs. As I began to slide down his side the ground seemed to have vanished. I knew it had to be there somewhere but is sure wasn't where I was hoping. Here I was hanging down the horse's side, arm over his neck, feet flapping. I finally let go I'd been short by a foot.
     
    10-31-2011, 01:35 AM
  #33
Trained
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
As I began to slide down his side the ground seemed to have vanished. I knew it had to be there somewhere but is sure wasn't where I was hoping. Here I was hanging down the horse's side, arm over his neck, feet flapping. I finally let go I'd been short by a foot.
Last time I did that I broke my arm. My feet slid underneath the horse, I fell backwards, smacked my wrist on the running board of the trailer (first break) and then fell directly back with my hand catching the brunt of my landing (2 more breaks). The 3 day CTR was a blast.....and without an incident. The 2 day drive back to AZ from OK, took 3 days and not so much. I've learned to find something to land on before I try to hop off.
     
    10-31-2011, 01:18 PM
  #34
Weanling
If I try dismounting the leg over to ground method I can't find the ground either. I do leg over, lean over saddle pull out left foot from sturrup then slide down. Works well with shorter horses and lether soled boots. I tried this with my new boots which are not smooth on the sole and my left foot got stuck, would not slide out and my grip slipped and thought I was going to land on the ground or hanging upside down because it was a tall horse (not mine) I kept calling for help but no one was paying attenton neither my instructer nor my husband till I got realy angry and sed a few things that finally got their attention. From now on I make sure I have something to un-mount to other than the ground. I like my boots but not the soles of them.
     
    11-01-2011, 03:29 PM
  #35
Foal
I'm 5'5'' and have rode horses since I was very young but have always had trouble getting on. A few years ago our son gave us a set of steps with rails and my husband made a table to go with it I have used it for several years and now hubby uses it also. I wish more riding places had the handicap mounting places. We are both in our late 60s and have had one of our knees replaced and both pleasantly plump We are up again for another knee replacement in 2012 So I can certainly understand the getting on a horse business. It is very difficult. My husband can do better than I but he always could.
     
    11-09-2011, 03:47 PM
  #36
Weanling
Well, I do not feel so horrible now. The other day, after not riding for a month or two I could not get myself up. I may be able to actually get my leg in the stirup but it is way too much for me to push and pull myself up. Graceful? No, not in the least.

I even tried getting on a log. Nope, didn't help one bit. My friend even held the other side of the saddle so it wouldn't slip under my weight. I felt horrible. I eventually got a step ladder and just plopped myself ontop of Ziggy. It's a combination of weight and hieght..but man did I feel bleck!
     
    11-10-2011, 11:25 PM
  #37
Weanling
I sure know those kind of days.
     
    11-11-2011, 02:58 AM
  #38
Trained
*hugs* to Stakie.
     
    11-11-2011, 05:57 PM
  #39
Weanling
I received the mounting block that I ordered from Horse.com and I just love it. The steps a large enough to put both my feet completely on each step and the top is large enough to stand on and move about. It's tall also so my knees just love it.
     

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