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post #31 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 10:35 AM
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I think I'll buy one and try it out. Yesterday my wife was riding our 13 hand mustang. We had to dismount for a barbed wire gate. She had spent the previous two days working 12 hour shifts as a nurse, and she barely made it back into the saddle. Happily, little Cowboy stood patiently for her. But at 54, I'll admit my mare is getting taller every month...don't know how an 11 year old horse does that!

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post #32 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 12:17 PM
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Advancing age plus arthritis plus the pleasures of the table have made mounting from the ground impossible. Don't laugh, but the tailgate of the truck is exactly level with my horse's stirrups. Works for me. No strain on the horse either! On the trail I have used stumps, logs, picnic tables and my horse stands quietly in ditches. Straddling a log is the easiest. Now, if I ever find myself on the great plains, I'll probably be out of luck, but for the last 11 years it's worked for me. I get some looks when starting out, but what the heck, they probably just hope they're still riding when their hair is as white as mine!
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post #33 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 03:15 PM
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Sam grew on me over the winter. He was around 14 hh and he is now over 15. When I first bought him I could easily move my left foot into the stirrup without using my hands. Now I have to use a hand to get my foot securely in the stirrup. It's not a flexibility issue, it's that the stirrup is just too dang high now! I am 5'3" not much over ideal body weight, relatively active.

It shouldn't be that hard for me, but it is.

I have found that when I remember to stand close to Sam, it is not as difficult. Also, I started mounting using his mane/neck rather than my saddle. I believe many people will argue that this is how you SHOULD mount a western saddle, but it wasn't taught to me. I overheard people talking one day and that was how I was clued in. Once my foot is in the stirrup and I have a handful of neck/mane, I push my hips in towards my left leg and begin putting weight into the stirrup. I give a little pre-cursor bounce and then really push off with my right leg immediately transferring my weight into the left stirrup and hoisting myself over.

Not very pretty but I get into the saddle without plopping onto Sam's back. I really wish he had not grown.

I am fortunate that he doesn't mind my toes in his ribs. I keep trying not to dig into him but it is hard. The last time I gave him a toe in the ribs he looked back and I reminded him that at 4 yrs of age he had no business growing an entire hand and then some!

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post #34 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 03:38 PM
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My horse is overly sensitive about mounting. She stands like a statue if you go on and mount. If you hang on to her side and pull and tug, she may spook, panic, and run off. I don't know if it is that it really does hurt her or that she is just psycho. I use a mounting block. I got dumped a couple of months or so ago on a trail. I was able to find a ditch to put her in and I didn't have any trouble remounting. If there had been no place to put her, I might have had a hard time.

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post #35 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 04:13 PM
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My friend has one of those folding steps. And Celeste can tell you there is no way for me to mount from the ground. She has a very handy brother that exchanged the legs to like 15 inches instead of 10. I can use it to mount Oreo if I have then a little ground advantage like a hill. It does fold up nicely. I tie it to the front of the saddle and it isn't really in the way. 5 feet isn't really enough string to hold while mounting (and is the trickest part), but we just added a longer string. Now that she has moved away, I need to get one for myself.
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post #36 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 04:41 PM
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I used to be able to mount from the ground when I was younger not now. I use a mounting block or whatever is handy and works well for me and Toby is much happier that I mount much more gentle on her back.
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post #37 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 05:22 PM
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Hey Oreos Girl!
I guess we do need to ride again.
Yes, people, Oreo is a bit tall.....................


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post #38 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
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.
Why thank you! I didn't know about this and it is the perfect gift for a buddy of mine. I know she will absolutely love it.
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post #39 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by SpiritLifter View Post
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!
Step 2 really is important. Getting a good quick lift from the right leg can make the whole thing a LOT easier. Also, either grabbing a handful of mane or grabbing the front of the saddle skirt rather than the horn or high up on the swell helps too. If you pull up by the horn, there's a long moment-arm pulling sideways on the saddle. Grabbing the skirt puts the "pull" right down next to where the "resistance" is and the saddle shouldn't move as much....

Mounting from the ground really is a good skill to have and to keep if you ride anywhere other than in the arena or near the barn. Shoot, when I rode as a kid, we didn't know there was any other way...
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post #40 of 60 Old 06-19-2012, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SpiritLifter View Post
Speed Racer, let us know how you like it or pm me.
They do work. I mean, it's not all that high, but the little bit of advantage it offers can make the difference. I bought my wife one last year.

If I had a too-tall-to-mount-from-the-ground horse, I'd carry one...
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