Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
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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Last edited by usandpets; 03-24-2012 at 07:49 AM.