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    08-05-2012, 11:53 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom    
Unless you're under 5 foot or using a track saddle, you should still be able to mount from the ground - but you can use a sturdy little stool if you must. I would do this on good soft ground, like in a sand arena - it will make you feel less nervous about any accidents.

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Or you have a bad knee
Or you are older
Or you have a round horse
Or you own a HUGE horse

Or maybe you just have more respect for your horses back and your saddle than others.

Sorry rant over, you don't HAVE to mount from the ground, I personally don't believe you should routinely mount from the ground.


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    08-06-2012, 12:04 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Or you have a bad knee
Or you are older
Or you have a round horse
Or you own a HUGE horse

Or maybe you just have more respect for your horses back and your saddle than others.

Sorry rant over, you don't HAVE to mount from the ground, I personally don't believe you should routinely mount from the ground.


Going to cool down now
I have rheumatoid arthritis in my knees, a 16.1hh horse and I'm 5'1 and I can do it. But I wasn't trying to be disrespectful - and I said she could use a stool if she preferred but frankly I think it's a lot safer to mount without assistance in this case as if you fall back the last thing you want is a solid edge ramming into your back...

I don't mount from the ground unless I have no other choice - and I'm not saying this is the way the OP should mount from now on - just that they should get the horse and themselves to start associating mounting with positive and non-scary/painful experiences. I also said this is what I would do, not what everyone must do. Sheesh!
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    08-06-2012, 01:09 AM
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It sounds like this mare is very young. I wonder how much training she has had under saddle. Maybe nothing more than what you've put on? Is she off the track? They don't use mounting blocks at the track, so horse may not be used to it. Or, rather than it being a comfort issue, it has something to do with when you put your leg over, you go from the hrose's left eye to her right eye, and in a position (over her back) where she cannot see you much at all, but enough movement to make her frightened.

I would suggest usig some desensitizing techiniques to get her ok with things moving over her back, from one eye to the other. Have you ever done such types of ground work with her?
     
    08-06-2012, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Or you have a bad knee
Or you are older
Or you have a round horse
Or you own a HUGE horse

Or maybe you just have more respect for your horses back and your saddle than others.

Sorry rant over, you don't HAVE to mount from the ground, I personally don't believe you should routinely mount from the ground.


Going to cool down now

Glad you said it,Golden, 'cause I was thinking the same thing.
     
    08-07-2012, 04:30 AM
  #15
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It's not just that they don't have mounting blocks at the track, it's that the horses are NEVER, EVER mounted from a standstill.

When mounting a recently off the track TB, one of the very worst things you can do is have the horse held still while mounting. Most will panic and rear and/or bolt forward if you attempt it.

By your own description, this horse has had previous back and saddle issues - standing still for being mounted will be a challenge for her; and being held/restrained while be mounted will be a big, big challenge.

So my recommendation would be for you to have someone work with this horse for 30 - 60 days just on mounting isssues. I mount from a high mounting block , being old, fat and crippled, but I still allow my horses to move forward while being mounted, which is a hangover from my race horse days.

If you absolutely, positively must have her held for mounting, have someone who has worked with racehorses, or who at the very least, won't stand directly in front on her or "lock up" and freeze when holding her.
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