I'm a fairly tall, large, man. 6'1" most days. So, I have a fairly tall, large, horse. 16.2 hh.
Although I'm tall, I have short legs--which means my stirrups hang pretty close to the saddle. With a tall horse the saddle sits pretty far up in the air. Which, obviously, means the stirrups are way up there, too. In fact, they are well above my waist when I stand beside the horse. Ain't no way I can get a foot into the stirrup from the ground.
Mounting with a mounting block is even a problem. I can do it, but I really need a taller block than the one I now have. Sigh.
On the trails it's a REAL challenge! When I'm up in the mountains I can generally find a spot where the trail cuts into a hill and use the side of the trail for a block. Or a log or stump.
The problem is when I'm riding in the prairie around home. No convenient high spots to sidle up against to re-mount. And there is no way I could ever get up on Mr. Big without standing on something pretty high.
Any ideas? I tried carrying a little folding stool but it sunk into the ground, was unstable, and wasn't tall enough anyway.
Anyone else have a similar problem? How did you solve it?