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post #31 of 41 Old 11-30-2010, 10:31 AM
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You are correct, I do think people took your post wrong. I see I did on parts of it. I will have to say that I think for me mounting from the right side would take lots and lots of practice! I am trying to envision myself doing so and just see a disaster waiting to happen!
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post #32 of 41 Old 11-30-2010, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by RhondaLynn View Post
I agree about practice... but like Tinyliny said... decades do make a diffe

This should be a lesson for younger riders... keep your weight down, and do everything to keep your knees healthy! Don't ever give up riding so you can keep that practice up!!
And hips. More of my adult students have hip issues than knee issues.

I mount and dismount from the off side (right side) frequently. I can also mount with an open beer in my hand. It's a rule when you work cattle.
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post #33 of 41 Old 11-30-2010, 09:37 PM
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Mumiinek: I don't think mounting from the right is funny...I was just saying that it was funny that the first thought that popped into my head was that my horse is the same on both sides. Clearly I know what you mean that it could be difficult for someone who isn't used to it....why would you assume I'm not and dare me to try it???? I mount both sides of my horse equally, and very often end up getting off my horse and remounting on the trail...I find no difference, in part I'm sure because I'm used to doing it. Also, I never said practice doesn't make a difference, I simply said it has its limits. I.E. if somebody is physically not capable of something for some medical reason or whatever else, practice isn't going to help for those specific situations. Next time maybe try to ask questions and understand somebody's post a little better before you flip a lid. I wasn't making fun of what you said, wasn't being hostile in any way and got a less than mature reaction.

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post #34 of 41 Old 12-01-2010, 02:57 AM
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I'm sorry, but "...I know it could be a problem if you couldn't get your horse turned around on the trail or something, or maybe harder if you're not used to doing it, but i just thought that was funny :)" sounded to me like you're refferig to getting on the horse from the right side, I just don't see the connection to your horse being the same on both sides. I guess my bad, apologies. But If I'm expected to perfectly understand everybody's points then I will expect everybody to understand mine too. Which some people didn't and that's why I'm here. I'm not here to argue, I was just simply re-explaining what I meant as I saw people misunderstood me. Maybe you could have formulated your sentence better. But, again, I apologise to you for misunderstanding, I don't want to argue in this thread any further.

Also I wanted to say that I'm getting on and off my horse on the right side regularly as well (my only way of getting up there) and though I don't consider it anything special I won't be lying by saying there's no practising behind it, that it all just came natural since the first second I found myself standing by the right shoulder of the horse. Without practising getting on a horse at all would be in many cases plain impossible.

And when I was explaining things about practising, it wasn't a reaction to you. Before you get angry at somebody for reacting to you and say how "less than mature" they are for doing that, make sure it actually is a reaction to you. It was a reaction to whoever said practise won't help. Practise won't make you 100% perfect again, but it will help. There are handless people swimming and playing guitars, legless people playing basketball and blind people barrel racing. But it's all the same thing over again and I'll leave this topic right now before it gets really pointless.
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post #35 of 41 Old 12-02-2010, 05:49 PM
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mumiinek:I agree that my sentence was not clear, and apologize for that, but you did respond to it twice in a negative manner before allowing my response. I'm not trying to argue, just wanted to point that out as kind of a common courtesy thing. Anyway, I'm confused about who the practice WAS a reaction to because there were only two of us who mentioned it and we both said the same thing. I understand that maybe you read it quickly and misunderstood, and that's fine...I was only clarifying. this point it's a dead issue, I just wanted to respond to you so that you would understand my reaction as well.

ANYWAY, back to the topic of mounting...for those who are able to do so I think it's great to practice mounting from both sides...not even because of injury or trail riding issues(although those are good reasons) but also because you want your horse to be able to handle someone getting on either side so that you don't have a "kid safe" horse FREAK when mounted on the wrong side....or some similar issue.

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post #36 of 41 Old 12-08-2010, 09:33 PM
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I mount and dismount from either side of my horse ALL the time. (sometimes due to one knee acting up, whichever one it may be that particular day :roll: Or on the trail when one is a better option than the other) But mostly because I don't believe in having a one-sided horse. - I frequently dismount from the opposite side that I mounted from... It's like a game. My horse never knows where I'll mount/dismount from. She just has to pay attention! :)
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I need to buy some bigger jeans because most of the ones I have now are old and tight on me. I had to get on Quinn today and tight jeans plus a 14-15 hand horse is a little bit of a problem. I'm really short and flexable but with tight jeans on I can't reach the stirrup. I had to get my father to cup his hands together and lift me. I can't really suggest anything other than using the resources around you. I wish I could help further.
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post #38 of 41 Old 12-12-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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After reading all the posts about mounting from either side I tried mounting from the off side today. It actually felt pretty natural and Shandy doesn't seem to care. But . . . I learned my right knee doesn't flex as well as my left knee and I really need an extra couple inches on the mounting block. Sigh.

Maybe it'll get better with practice. Maybe I'll get a taller block! Or use the lower-the-stirrup trick and then raise it back up.

Once I got my foot into the stirrup it was actually easier to swing over the saddle from the off side for some reason.

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post #39 of 41 Old 12-12-2010, 11:00 PM
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I may have missed it Griz, but do you ride english or western? If you ride western, it will be almost impossible to shorten a stirrup once you are already in the saddle. If you ride english, then that would likely be just the ticket for you.
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post #40 of 41 Old 12-12-2010, 11:53 PM
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I used to get on a 16H QH with one of the easy mounts. I havean old knee injury. I found that once I stopped using the block I began to build up leg strength. Eventually I was able to get on with just the stirrup.
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