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Lisaonline 10-31-2012 01:43 PM

Mounting issues
I am always having to find a stump or creative way to get on my horse. Has anyone had luck with any of the mounting stirrup aids that are advertised? It is so embarrassing to ne struggling to get on while everyone watches!
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tinyliny 10-31-2012 01:51 PM

If it makes you feel any better, I always need a stump or rock to mount from. I just accept it and if others want to laugh, let them. I get in the saddle, and that's all that counts.

Oreos Girl 10-31-2012 02:00 PM

I found these steps work. Though my friend had her brother make it more like 15 inches tall
Easy Mount Step Stool

QuietHeartHorses 10-31-2012 06:45 PM

I always need something to stand on when I mount, I think it's pretty normal. I have friends who ride that are tiny little things that look like they could spring up on a warmblood without even blinking, but since they are so short, they use the mounting block too. The one we have is really sturdy. It's a set of enclosed wooden steps. I freaking love that thing.

I know how you feel though, if I have to dismount when I am out on the trail, it's tricky getting back on!

Tracer 11-01-2012 05:53 AM

I think those stirrup aids are all well and good for a light as a feather rider, but in reality all riders should use a mounting block of some kind. Mounting puts a lot of strain on a horses' back, even if you are only small. The step that Oreos Girl posted is a great invention, and I'm definitely going to be looking into getting one in the future.

RaiRaiNY 11-01-2012 07:55 AM

I always use a mounting block, I have some physical issues and am not capable of mounting from the ground.

Saddlebag 11-01-2012 10:23 AM

Its a rule at my place, mounting block only and there are two provided. No need to dig the saddle into the horse's back. Early cowboys mounted by stirrup but their horses often didn't come to their jaw and they were skinny and quick.

Catpeedontherug 11-01-2012 10:30 AM

my mare has no withers and I ride in a treeless, so if I attempt to mount from the ground, the saddle just slides. Even though my mare is a whopping 14.2, I always have to find a stump or giant rock. If I'm by myself in the woods~ I walk...and walk until I find something suitable.
Meanwhile, my riding partner rides a 16h TB, and she's all of 5' tall, and she just jumps on from the ground.
Makes me crazy.

Lisaonline 11-01-2012 10:43 AM

I was beginning to think I was the only person with problems mounting! Everyone I ride with seems to have no problems I have always been vertically challenged, but now with age and weight thrown in it is very annoying! Thank you for all the feedback and suggestions! I have one friend that had taught her horse to stretch out to make him lower....seems this would be bad on their backs ...thoughts?
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Paintlover1965 11-01-2012 10:55 AM

I always mount with my stool and I believe that I am saving my horse's back and protecting my equipment from undue strain as well. I dismount to move trees and such to keep the trails clear and have no problem finding another tree to step on to get back on. My BO used to laugh at me as he thought it was only an "English rider thing" because he is of the thought that when he could no longer mount from the ground it would be when he stopped riding all together. I think it's more of a pride thing as he is turning 70 in a few days. But, after he injured his arm this summer he too needed some help mounting. Definitely keep using your block!

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