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post #1 of 60 Old 06-16-2012, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Mounting from the ground

I have a 15h + horse and I weigh bout 160 lbs now. I have always been skinny until the past couple of years but never very flexible. I have to rely on hillside, park benches, retaining walls etc,. to get back on my horse. I hate it because I remember the days I could swing up on a horse bareback. Now I can't even get my foot in the stirrup and he isn't that tall. I ride with a friend who is much older than me and she can mount her 17h with no problem from the ground.. What is wrong with me?
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post #2 of 60 Old 06-16-2012, 10:35 PM
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Depends. If your foot can't reach the stirrup then you should work on your flexibility. If you can't hoist yourself up then you might have to experiment with different ways of grabbing on and pulling up.
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Barring any joint or medical problems, not much else to say other than you are out of shape and in need of some strength and flexibility training.
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Joe is (as usual) probably right, but it doesn't help for the moment. They make things to help. I feel your pain..........

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My best suggestion, OP, is to really start working on your flexibility. Since you appear to be so tight, it will take a long time to get your tendons and muscles stretched out where it will be comfortable for you to get your foot up and into the stirrup easily. Until such time as you feel flexible enough to mount without assistance, you can use something like what Celeste posted or something like one of these as well.
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As for stretches that will help, I have had the most luck with hurdler stretches

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And glute stretches

Plus, pretty much any other stretch you can find that will help to lengthen/loosen the muscles and tendons in your thighs, hips, and lower back. I strongly advise at least 2 stretching sessions daily, every day.
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Don't forgot to strengthen your upper body too! I'm rather flexiable, but heavy and lacking top strength so I have trouble pulling myself up.

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Nothing is wrong with you. You're out of physical fitness shape.

Low impact work with a focus on stretching should help build up your muscle slowly and cause no real stress to your joined (mainly hip and knee) and in time those joints will become stronger.

DO NOT MOUNT FROM THE GROUND AT THE MOMENT. You will strain your knees and hips and be in a world of hurt.

Build up to it, slowly. And make sure your diet is including, or at least supplementing, the vitamins and minerals and aminos that you need to function properly.

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Work on your left leg. Find something not as high as your stirrup but higher than you can easily lift your foot, and spend time with your left foot on it & your right foot on the ground. Increase the height as able.

Same with stepping. Your arms are not there to pull you on the horse. They are there to keep you from going sideways. Your leg makes you go up. Find something shorter, but still a challenge, then step up-down, up-down, repeat until tired. As you get stronger, find something higher to challenge you.
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post #9 of 60 Old 06-17-2012, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Breella View Post
Don't forgot to strengthen your upper body too! I'm rather flexiable, but heavy and lacking top strength so I have trouble pulling myself up.
Thing is - you really aren't meant to "pull yourself up" - proper mounting technique is more about leg/lower body than arms/upper body
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Yuck stretches and workouts!!! Now you see where my problem lies. A few years ago I only weighed 120 and I was very active. Hiked alot and other stuff. I don't know what happened to me I am just getting old fat and lazy, but I'm too lazy to do anything about it. I am a mechanic which is a very physical and stressful job and when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is workout lol. I like those stirrup extender things but I really need to get back into shape. Thanks all of you for kicking my but into gear lol.
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