Originally Posted by beckers49229
Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and looking for help. I am currently 5'2 and weigh 230. My horse is an appy and is close to 16HH. I can not get on or off the horse without using a ladder or a tailgate. I'm wanting to go trail riding away from my house, but I can't since I can not get on and off without a ladder. What are some tips and good exercises for getting on and off a horse.
I'm overweight too and find mounting is difficult because of that, and knees that are getting older. At home I use a mounting block. I'm sure my horse appreciates that
Can you ride with a friend? This way if you need to dismount, the friend can help you mount up again. My friend will hold the off stirrup for me while I climb on a rock or a fence to get back up.
If you do need to get off, walk home and lead the horse. It's good exercise. I've done this before!
Can you teach your horse to lie down? Then you get on and cue him to stand up again.