I've never found this an easy task. I'm 5 foot 2 inches, and even getting on my 14.1 hand pony is either a graceless and unpleasant (for both of us) scramble, or requires a boost or a mounting block. I don't do much bareback riding, mainly because of the trouble of getting on. I feel like I should ride bareback more often, like its an aspect of my equitation that's lacking. I do ride without stirrups fairly often.
Any tips? How about creative solutions? Am I the only "bounce challenged" rider out there? Anyone else green with envy over those gymnasts who go from ground level to 17 hands with swanlike grace? :D
Hehe ... I feel ya! I have a 16hh Percheron mare that I had to ride bareback from August all the way until this Christmas. I didn't ever try any of that crazy vaulting stuff, though. I'd make a fool of myself!
You can't use a fence or something? Resourcefulness is definately a good thing! Hehe.
i usually use a hay bale or a rock to get on. i can leap up from the ground, but only if we are on the side of a hill ! & i fell bad bc i do not do it well...
I've thought about teaching Scout how to kneel down on one knee for bareback mounting. Maybe that would be low enough that I could sort of drape myself over his back and wiggle around into position, ha ha. It doesn't fix me for other horses, but I rarely ride any horse but Scout.
I suppose its quite easy for me because i am a valuter, there for we have to get up while the horse is MOVING, without a mounting block or any tool to help. the most he get is a leg up, but that is for the younger riders who CAN'T get up on their own.
Maybe you chould go to somthing samll each time you mount bareback. So like go to a samller mounting block or a rock.
I have to say i can easily swing up on my huge boy :-) It comes from growing up with a big horse and never using a saddle, you either learn to get on or you walk!!!
I always stand by his head with my hand on his neck and get a little running bounce and just swing my leg up and over.
How old are you? I only ask because I can no longer do this, but when I was a teen I'd grab a bit of mane and swing my leg up to the rump. Even if only your heel gets on, and you're upside down, you can slide the rest of your leg over and get on --- at least I could, when YOUNGER:-(. I'm just 5 ft... and I had a VERY patient old horse let me practice on him. Once you get it, you can get on practically any horse who will tolerate you.
ok. so my friend taught me a great trick today. i tried it and it worked!
THrow a long lead rope ove ryour horses's back, closer to his neck.
with the end with the latch/hook/whatever, make a loop around his right front leg high close to his body. clip it with the clip end.
on the left side, tie a small loop with the end of the rope. this will become your fake stirrup.
put your foot in the little loop on the left side, and use it like a stirrup!
once you're on you can undo the other side.
both horses i tried it with today stood perfectly still for the whole thing. :-)
I would be extremely uneasy about using the above stated method. Way to much can go wrong - not to mention depending on the weight of the rider, I'd be concerned about the pain or damage caused by a rope digging that hard into my horses leg. Not to mention getting hung up in a rope that's attached to your horses leg if he spooks. It may be an ok method for some, but I would highly air on the side of caution before advising anyone to use it.
I'm overweight and getting on bareback is a chore and a half. I can do it on the 14.1hh pony if I take a running headstart, but that's about it.
Personally, I have become amazingly graceful at flying through the air and landing softly on my horses back. As long as I can get a horse within two feet of anything 6" or higher, I can fly up. You just have to get extremely skilled at catching the side of your horse with your thigh first, which prevents you from slamming into his back. I attribute my abilites to a lifetime of riding bareback and having thighs of steel :lol: I'll try and grab a video tomorrow if you're not sure what I mean by it - it's super handy to learn though, and if I can do it being 40 pounds overweight, anybody can!
Wren: that sounds like a way for you or your horse to get easily hurt!
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