Originally Posted by WickedNag
At 5'10" I wouldn't think 17hh would be much of a challenge... not sure but I am 5'3" and 54 years old. I can still mount my 16.1hh paint from the ground. Your horse is only 3" taller than mine while you are 7" taller than me. I am thankful I am still very limber and can put my knee up to my chest for mounting
You know, at 6'1" I wouldn't think 16.2 horse would be a problem either. But I won't go into all the personal problems one might have that disable him from getting on the horse. What I was trying to point out was that you can't bash practice just because you have some issue practising won't unfortunatelly help you with. I would probably be very angry if somebody was telling me with practise I could get on a horse from the left side again without a problem while I know it won't be ever possible. But that doesn't change the fact that with practise
I learned to get on a horse from the right side and all is well now. The OP solved his problem by prolonging his stirrups and shortening them once he's back in the saddle, which (as he said himself) will take him some practise but I'm happy he found his way up there.
And as you said, your horse is only 3" taller than mine while I'm 7" taller than you and you still can get on. I didn't come here saying "hey look how small I am and what a huge horse I have". I know I'm tall and my horse is plain average (in this part of Europe). It seems to me that many people understood me wrong and thought my point is to come here and tell everyone that no matter what you SHOULD be able to get on a horse without a talk. Which doesn't really have anything in common with what I said. Anyway I'm glad you can get on your horse and it even proves what I said before, you can be small and still be able to get on a large horse, even though it may not be really easy. And I wouldn't say it's because you just plainly have talent for getting on a horse.
Amlalriiee, you seriously think getting on a horse from the right side is funny? Maybe once you actually have no choice you won't be laughing anymore.