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post #31 of 84 Old 03-23-2012, 11:42 PM
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I take both out and then leap off basically. I have a very quick and smooth dismount as I hate hitting the cantle at all.
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post #32 of 84 Old 03-23-2012, 11:48 PM
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I take both feet out, swing right leg over, and slide off. I've gotten my left foot stuck in my stirrup on the dsimount way too much to keep it in the stirrup while I dismount.

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post #33 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 12:01 AM
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This is how I've been taught:

Either:
Swing right leg, kick left foot out, land
OR
Kick right leg, land, take left foot out.

I prefer the second option because I usually get caught up on the saddle trying the first one.

I have also been taught that kicking both feet out and swinging legs over is emergency dismount..
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post #34 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 12:32 AM
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An emergency dismount doesn't always have to be used in an emergency. I prefer it it over risking getting my foot caught if it twists to a funky angle.
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post #35 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 12:36 AM
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Someone said that the english saddle is designed to prevent drags. I have been dragged in an english saddle, one that had the bars facing backward, for a fair distance. The leather never slipped out - the horse decided he wasn't a twit after all and stopped.

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post #36 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 07:47 AM
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I guess I do it and have done it wrong all along, at least compared to most on here. I dismount either side. Pretty much just the reverse of mounting. I turn the horses head a little to the side I'm getting off. Leaning forward and holding reins and the horn, I swing my leg over and get down in one continuous motion. Once touching the ground I take my foot out of the stirrup. After I get my foot out of the stirrup, I let go of the horn. If the horse should happen to spook I'd either let my foot slip out of the stirrup or pull myself back up into the saddle.

Preparation is the key to mounting or dismounting safely. Also wearing proper footwear. I know horses can spook at any time but things can be done to prevent that. Prepare your horse before you dismount. By turning its head a little, you are telling it "I'm going to dismount." Some people wiggle their but to precue the horse of the dismount. If the horse should spook, its rear end will move away from you. Also, that is a submissive position for the horse and helps keep it's focus on you.

Accidents can and will happen but that isn't going to change how I get off a horse.
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post #37 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 12:49 PM
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Someone said that the english saddle is designed to prevent drags. I have been dragged in an english saddle, one that had the bars facing backward, for a fair distance. The leather never slipped out - the horse decided he wasn't a twit after all and stopped.
Granted it is designed to keep dragging from happening but with anything. it isn't a 100% method. Even when they came out with those safety irons..I have seen those fail to release as well and that was on a mount vice dismount.
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post #38 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 06:27 PM
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Both feet out of the stirrups, swing right leg over, slide down the left side, reaching the ground softly. This is how I was taught and how it's safe - leaving a foot in the stirrup can cause an accident if the horse spooks suddenly while the rider is dismounting.
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post #39 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 06:45 PM
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I actually have two ways of dismounting.

a) swing right leg over, lean over the saddle, slide left foot out of stirrup, and drop down.

or

b) fly off face first, usually into mud or brambled- proceeding an unexpected stop or turn!

Why? Well, I'm 4'11. ALL horses are going to be too tall for me to do the other option with xD I also ride many young and spooky horses, so do not want to risk being dragged.

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post #40 of 84 Old 03-24-2012, 07:24 PM
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Occassionally I would lift myself over the back of the saddle & slide down off my horse's butt, just because I could. My coach told me not to as this could be hard on his back. So we don't do that around her anymore.
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