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        06-18-2012, 11:39 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Yeah I try only to get off when I see a good place to get back on. If I fall off then I just walk until I can find a good place to get on. I learned to be resourceful when it comes to mounting but I am frankly a little jealous of those who can swing right up there. Even when I was a young teen and had my first horse I dreampt of being able to swing up like the indians but I was always stuck with a bench or a leg up from a friend. I honestly was never a flexible person no matter what shape I was in.
         
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        06-18-2012, 11:51 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Your probably doing this but I didn't see it mentioned so here goes. Make sure you do step number two below.

    1. Put left foot in stirrup
    2. Bend right knee and jump with the muscles in that one leg to get you half way up
    3. Then use the muscle in your left leg to push yourself the rest of the way

    Seems obvious but make sure step two is as big a jump as you can get with that one leg! It helped me.

    It still stinks when you have to mount in the woods. I hate it too!
         
        06-18-2012, 11:58 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Oops, wrong quote
         
        06-18-2012, 11:59 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    I suppose that not eating so much food helps too. That's what I need to do. Quit eating food.............
    Food is the enemy......
         
        06-19-2012, 10:08 AM
      #25
    Foal
    I am 4'11 with a 26 inch inseam. I know ALL about having to find things in the surrounding terrain so I can remount..lol. And staying on is not an option. We do hard trail rides an average of 10 miles with a stop in the middle for lunch. No way to "hold it" that long. I am working on my flexibility quotient though. I think it will help.
         
        06-19-2012, 10:15 AM
      #26
    Showing
    At 14.2 h, Casper isn't that hard to remount when I have to get off on the trail, but JJ at 15.2 is a different story.

    I had a bad riding wreck at 30 y/o that made me unable to lift my left leg high enough to mount from the ground. It's easy to find enough of a rise to get back on a pony-sized horse, but a taller one has been more of a challenge so I bought this last week:

    Easy-Mount Step Stool in Trail Riding / Accessories at Schneider Saddlery

    Haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but I'm hoping it solves the 'must find a tree stump' dilemma when remounting on the trail.
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        06-19-2012, 10:22 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    Speed Racer, let us know how you like it or pm me.
         
        06-19-2012, 10:30 AM
      #28
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpiritLifter    
    Speed Racer, let us know how you like it or pm me.
    Will do. I'll know in several weeks whether or not it was a good buy. From all the reviews, people seem to like it.

    I go riding with my equally mounting-challenged neighbor, so this will probably be a boon to her as well. We old broads still like to ride, it's just getting back on that can be a hassle!
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        06-19-2012, 10:30 AM
      #29
    Trained
    I also want to hear how well it works out. It looks like it might be in the way on the saddle. Does it fold up nicely?

    It sucks getting old.................
         
        06-19-2012, 10:34 AM
      #30
    Showing
    It only folds up into a triangle. I may have to sew loops on the bag in order for it not to jostle around on the saddle. Since I'll be tying it to the dee rings on my English saddle, I need a way to keep it from bouncing around too much.
         

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