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cowgirllinda1952 04-30-2013 01:36 AM

How would I dismount?
I am disabled with back and neck problems. I haven't ridden in years. I am now in intensive physical therapy. My therapist has promised he will have me riding again. My biggest concern is, how will I dismount? I'm short anyway, and need a mounting block, that I am sure I can do, my problem is a safe and comfortable way to dismount, because I can't lift my legs very high. Also, I would love to hear from other disabled people who are now riding again, and how they achieved their goal.

tinyliny 04-30-2013 01:45 AM

I am interested in hearing about this, too.
I am not disabled, but my knees are pretty trashed now. I ride a tall horse, so when I get off, I kind of go forward on my belly, over his neck, grap some mane in one hand, roll my right leg over the rump, keep my tummy over the saddle and take my left foot out of the stirrup, then holding on tight to the cantle , i LOWER myself down slowly. I dont' drop down to the ground, because my knees may buckle, but use the saddle to lower myself down slowly, and from a 17hh horse, that's a ways!

I do hope you can get back in the saddle and admire your drive to make it work!

DimSum 04-30-2013 08:11 AM

One place were we boarded had a disabled rider who built a really nice platform to mount/dismount from. It was basically a 4x6 deck with four steps up and a railing towards the outside. It was tall enough she basically just threw her leg over without having to use a stirrup, and dismounted that same way. Didn't cost that much to make either.

waresbear 04-30-2013 08:35 AM

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My coach has the same mounting deck as Dimsum described at her arena. Anyone who trains with her has to train their horse to stand next to it for mounting & dismounting, and boy does it make things easy. I have always mounted & dismounted from the ground without difficultly but after using that, my hubby who uses the same coach, built something similiar. Easier on you, your horse's back and your tack.
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DancingArabian 04-30-2013 08:57 AM

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Ditto. One lady at my old barn would mount and dismount from a platform that had 4 steps leading up to it. The trick to it is making it big enough that you don't feel like one step and you're done. I think that block was pretty large - about 4' long by 3' wide but it was very sturdily built.
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Saddlebag 04-30-2013 09:48 AM

A friend with a bum hip has one that is basically a solid wood box with steps up the back. It is about 30" high and 4' long and about 30" wide. Across one end is an additional step adding another 8 or 9". The long side of the main box leaves plenty of room for dismounting, no fishing around with your foot trying to find a small step.

Endiku 04-30-2013 10:24 AM

We work extensively with disabled riders who are unable to mount or dismount normally, and we also have a platform that
is about 4' tall, although it actually has stairs AND a wheelchair ramp as well as guard rails because many of our riders are actually wheel chair bound. It makes things SO nice. No stess for the horse because you aren't pulling at one of it's sides, no stress for you unless getting up the stairs will be hard, and no worries about pulling your saddle sideways or something. Making a wooden box like everyone else has suggested would be an alternative to what we have, since it was quite expensive (portable and steel, so... xD). I would have someone hold your horse for you at least the first few times while it is learning though, because you don't want to accidently take a tumble!

cowgirllinda1952 04-30-2013 02:30 PM

Thanks so much for all the helpful suggestions!!! Would anyone have a picture or illustration of the wooden one with steps? I already knew I would have a high mounting block. This sounds perfect. I have really bad knees as well. Even before I was disabled, I would never dismount from the stirrup, but would do as suggested, put my leg over and slowly lower myself down.

DimSum 04-30-2013 03:30 PM

I don't have a picture of the one I mentioned but this image I found on Google is close to it:

cowgirllinda1952 05-08-2013 05:37 PM

Oh wow, thanks!!

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