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post #51 of 60 Old 01-06-2013, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Griffith361 View Post
I've thought about this option too! Haha not for everyday use but an emergency situation or if I have a major tack malfunction. Does anyone do this or know someone who's tried? It's not a difficult trick to teach as long as the horse is on a nice forgiving surface. I don't even want him to fully lay down, just bowing would suffice.
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I taught my first draft to lay down so I could mount and the ones I work with now I teach to bow or bend their leg to help the rider mount. It's easy to teach, the hard part is getting them to stay in the bow or keep their leg up when they feel weight added. Some horses lose balance and don't like it. My horse lays down for me to get on but mostly I just stand on things or extend my stirrup to accommodate my lack of height.
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post #53 of 60 Old 01-06-2013, 09:44 PM
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Two of my horses are so round that the saddle has nothing to 'grab' onto, so mounting from the ground isn't an option for me. (It sucks considering one is my main trail horse.) The saddle fits, but isn't a custom saddle so it is not perfectly crafted for their mutton withers. Stretching helps to limber up, also when mounting we say 'rein in the mane' rather than one on the horn and other on the cantle, we put our hand with the reins on their neck with a handful of mane, and the other hand on the saddle horn. This prevents the saddle from sliding and the reliance on heaving yourself up and wrenching on the horse's back.

Aside from hills, rocks, and stumps, another thing I find useful is mounting from the offside. All of my horses are trained to be mounted from either side, and my left side is considerably weaker than my right. I find I can easily stretch my right leg into the stirrup, mainly due to the fact that every fall I've taken I landed on my left. I think that adds to the fact that I am right-handed so I naturally favor my right side.

Other than that, my general mounting routine is a quick stretch, dancing around as I struggle to pull up my pants, find a good spot, and then writhing my way into the saddle. A better fitness level is always helpful, even being a bit stretchier can make a huge difference. I am more on the boat of not dismounting unless it will be easy to mount again, or I did not make the choice of dismounting.

A side note, my friend, who is maybe 5'4", has a 4 year old gelding I am training for her. The gelding is about 16 hands and his main use will be trail riding. She clearly didn't think that one thru. ;)
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post #54 of 60 Old 01-07-2013, 10:05 PM
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Well, I read most of the thread, but not all so forgive me if this has already been covered. I don't see where you mentioned how tall you are? I am a short person, and after 15 hh it gets a lot harder for me to mount.

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post #55 of 60 Old 01-16-2013, 06:55 PM
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Here you see my 78 year-old dad demonstrating his technique for mounting a large horse (15-hand Haflinger). He says having a large and powerful muscle in the middle of your belt region is necessary for this technique.
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post #56 of 60 Old 01-18-2013, 08:25 AM
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5'4" inches, chubby and full of arthritis. My 16 hand mare is near impossible for me to mount from the ground. I carry a stirrup extender in a fanny pack. I also live in a land full of old stone walls, drainage ditches and logging stumps. Not afraid to use them.
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post #57 of 60 Old 01-18-2013, 08:41 AM
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If you can use a mounting block or something that to step on then mount, less strain on your horse's back. If you can't do that, put your stirrup down a hole or two.
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post #58 of 60 Old 01-18-2013, 08:43 AM
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P.S. I'm 5'9,135lbs and flexible and I look like an idiot when I have to get on my 17.1h warmblood from the ground...I do everything in my power to use a step!
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Here you see my 78 year-old dad demonstrating his technique for mounting a large horse (15-hand Haflinger). He says having a large and powerful muscle in the middle of your belt region is necessary for this technique.
The gun helps too. Nothing like a .45 for convincing a horse that "Don't move" MEANS "Don't move"...
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post #60 of 60 Old 01-18-2013, 09:17 AM
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After my several failed attempts yesterday at trying to get on my horse bareback I have decided it's time for more exercise and stretching lol. I had to get a running start and then wiggle and claw the rest of the way up. I'm sure dressed to the point of a marshmallow doesn't help but I'm 5'8" and my horse is 14.1hh and slender....

And with a saddle it is still pathetic, but I'm blaming that on all my winter gear which is rather restricting in the stretch area lol. Oh how I'm glad for such a tolerant pony...
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