Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
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!
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.