It wasn't hard to do it that way, but it's just hard to get it cinched snug enough. I barely have enough left to do a Texas T. I'm still experimenting, so hopefully we'll get it right.
I prefer to use a mounting block too. I'm tall, but it's still tricky for me to get on him. I have no problems at all with shorter horses, but he is kind of tall at 15.1. Plus, it doesn't help that he moves around! My trouble with the block is that he moves his hind quarters out so that I can't reach the stir-up. Every time he does this! I either have to be super quick or have someone stand at his head while I get on. It's very annoying due to the fact that out on the trail, we like to get off and walk a bit when we are doing long rides. It's not exactly convenient for someone to "help" me mount when they have their own horse to contend with!
I've been trying a new trick of giving him a tiny bit of granola right before I get on. He's busy for that split second that I need. I'm hoping that he'll equate mounting as a good experience and eventually I can go to just praise. I'm not sure if it is a good habit to get into, but I know that treats are very effective with dog training. I used to have to give my dog a treat when he would go in his crate and after very little time, I could just say "crate" and he runs in. I guess I was hoping that this would work similarly.