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post #11 of 41 Old 11-28-2010, 10:51 PM
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I feel your pain - and hubby can relate, too. He's 6' and I'm 5'2". Believe it or not, our legs are the same length. Even before his stroke, he had a hard time mounting his favorite horse, 16.2HH OTQH. He had to settle for a shorter horse, 15HH QH.

As for myself, in my younger days, I had a taller horse, and had no trouble mounting, but by the time I was 30, the horse I had was only 14HH, and I was glad she wasn't any taller. On some of the trail rides we went on, I got on and off so much that my left leg would cramp up. My mare was a stubborn witch who refused to cross water or bridges, or go through an underpass. After a few months of mounting and dismounting, she gave up and decided to cooperate.

My current mare is 15HH. I haven't tried to get on her, because I tried to get on hubby's 14HH gelding and it was IMPOSSIBLE. Then again, I'm nearly 53 years old now and bigger around than I am tall. I did manage to mount using a mounting block, but it was not a pretty sight.

I want to start trail riding again come spring. I hope the rides are short enough that I don't have to worry about mounting or dismounting while on the trail, or I may have a long walk back to the starting point!

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post #13 of 41 Old 11-28-2010, 11:53 PM
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I feel your pain!! I am 5'6" but am built like a darn dachshund! I have the same length legs as my just shy of 5" nothing sister. How pathetic is that? My former horse is 15.3 - his butt was caught me at the TOP of my head and his saddle seat was at the top of my head and he was LONG legged at that. I got on him once without a mounting block...must have been a miracle.

My "new" horse is shorter but still about 2" too tall. I can get on him if he is slightly lower - me standing on a street or asphalt him beside it, him in a little wheel indention me next to it.

I got off of him out in the woods for the past two weekends that I rode. I put him in a "low" area almost in the bayou! LOL land was rolling down to the water and I was able to get on there. The following weekend I put him in a wheel rutt and was able to get on then. You can get a little folding stool (got it at walmart) it holds 300 lbs and it is only about 10" high but I use that sometimes too and you could carry that in a saddle bag on a leash. Hey, whatever it takes!!

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post #14 of 41 Old 11-29-2010, 09:14 AM
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I miss my old mare. She was easier to mount. She stood rock solid and even shifted her weight to help me climb up. I only rode her bareback one time, and that was nothing short of a miracle.

I broke my ankle back in '86 and was in a walking cast. I walked to the back pasture to check on the horses and realized after walking that far I had gone farther than I should have. Walking all the way back was going to be extremely painful. Sugar, my mare, didn't even have a halter on, but she obliged me by standing next to a tree stump that had a trunk laying on the ground next to it. I was able to climb on the stump and she carried me up to the gate. I couldn't believe it - she could be so bitchy at times, but that time, it was like she knew I wasn't going to make it.

Maybe they should leave just such a set up on the trails? LOL! Actually, the daughter's favorite place to ride does have mounting blocks scattered along the trails for just such a purpose. I can't wait for spring! Rain will be long since weaned, Dancer's weight is really improving and I'll have my new saddle (that fits Dancer!) by then!

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post #15 of 41 Old 11-29-2010, 09:29 AM
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I also have this problem. I am 52, with a tall horse, bad knee, and fat butt!!! Thanksfully I ride in the mountains most of the time and use a "cheat'in" stump, log, ditch or anything else!!! Before I get off I look around for a cheat'in stump.. I have to lose weight and that would help. but I feel your pain at having problems mounting.

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post #16 of 41 Old 11-29-2010, 11:31 AM
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I'm 5'6 and overweight. My big guy is 16.2 or 16.3 (not really sure). I used the mounting block, got the stirrup that hangs off of the horn...which also comes with a snap to hook onto D rings on the saddle, used the upper side of the mountain,and of course logs, rocks, the occasional round bale, and anything else I could find. I finally started stretching my legs on a daily basis. Working my way up to putting it on the top of the railing around the deck and kind of hopping my way closer to it...holding on to something of course. I'm lucky in the fact that he'll park out which lowers him to the ground significantly. It should help out unless you have back or knee problems. It doesn't hurt to try though.

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I'm 5'3" and never had a problem mounting any sized horse (granted I'm also 23) until I was pregnant. At 30 some weeks pregnant I had to get off on the road side to pee (lol tmi I know) and realized I couldn't get back on.


I finally resorted to packing snow against a mailbox until it was high enough and sturdy enough for me to climb on and use as a large mounting block... my horse looked at me like I was nuts - but it worked!

The following spring I taught him how to lay down on command, I will never again be that big pregnant girl on the side of the road packing snow!

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I'm 5'10" and my horse is 17 hands. I've never had problems getting on him (plus I have to do it from the right side due to a knee injury). Practise?
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post #20 of 41 Old 11-29-2010, 02:44 PM
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This might sound really really obvious but wouldnt you just lower the stirrup right to the end hole then adjust it when you're up?
I'm probably missing something here :')

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