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post #11 of 17 Old 08-13-2013, 02:16 PM
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^^^ But if you have a lower stirrup for your left foot, then you still have a much farther distance to swing your right leg over. My husband talked about this once but with his arthritis it still seemed like a problem to me. Maybe my reasoning is wacky but it does seem like a possible flaw to me.
But I could be wrong. I was once. : )

Maybe someone will post who has actually used one of the things.

Golden Horse has a good suggestion!!!!

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post #12 of 17 Old 08-13-2013, 02:23 PM
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Hey, Dustbunny, guess what? You're wrong

I think what they are describing is the staircase or ladder method, you put right foot in dropped down stirrup, then left foot in proper stirrup and mount, saves the whole low stirrup stranded in mid air can't sling the leg over thing!

Or maybe I'm wrong.....
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-13-2013, 05:18 PM
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Hey, Dustbunny, guess what? You're wrong

I think what they are describing is the staircase or ladder method, you put right foot in dropped down stirrup, then left foot in proper stirrup and mount, saves the whole low stirrup stranded in mid air can't sling the leg over thing!

Or maybe I'm wrong.....
I think the way you explained it is the way I saw it demonstrated once in a video long ago.

What worries me though, is if you use this easy stirrup and your horse has little/no/mutton withers, and you are a larger sized rider......... that saddle is swinging round the horse's side for sure because ALL the rider's weight is hanging off that side of the saddle while mounting. Unless you have the girth tightened to the point where horse thinks he's wearing a corset.......

With a mounting block or even mounting from the ground, at least your weight isn't left hanging the same, eh?
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post #14 of 17 Old 08-14-2013, 12:54 AM
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OH MY GOSH! I'M WRONG! Well, that's twice...
The ladder method now makes sense. Still seems like a lot of strain on a horse though. One would need to be quick. I'm afraid I'd end up in a tangle with the contraption.

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post #15 of 17 Old 08-14-2013, 01:08 AM
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Oh lordy...I have issues getting on my 13.3hh mare...I feel like a wuss, LOL! Kudos to you on having such a monster sized horse, I kinda wanna see pics :)

Okay that's a big of an exaggeration, I actually CAN jump on my horse now. I started jumping on and off a block quickly (Like volleyball players do, to get their verticals higher) and can now jump on my mare bareback. My next goal is my Mom's mare who is closer to 15hh. Though, I gtta say, jumping really does hurt my knees...

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #16 of 17 Old 08-14-2013, 10:43 AM
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Is there a version of the ez up thingie that works with english saddles??? It's the answer to my prayers if there is!!
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-15-2013, 09:05 PM
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I use a mounting block for my 16 hh appy gelding. But I am 5'9... Still the added extra weight makes it tough to mount, once I skinny up again I should be able to bounce up like I used to. Of course I was younger than...
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