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post #51 of 84 Old 03-28-2012, 07:44 PM
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When I was new to horses, I used to take my right foot out, swing it over, take my left foot out, and slide to the ground. I was kind of scared to dismount, but I don't know if that has to do with anything or not.

Now I take both feet out, swing my right leg over and kind of push off gently toward the ground (I don't slide anymore as my shirt had been caught on the saddle one too many times ). I bend my knees as I land and straighten up, grab the reins and roll up my stirrups. I don't know if this is the safest or best way to get off but it seems to work pretty well for me.
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post #52 of 84 Old 03-28-2012, 07:48 PM
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If I'm practicing an "emergency dismount" I take both feet out and jump off and away from my horse.
I get on and off both sides to make my horse a little more used to weird things, and for even wear on my stirrup leathers.
Also, I ALWAYS take both feet out, I'ma trail guide at my barn, and one day, while helping a man dismount we had an accident.
He left hi foot in the stirrup and the saddle slid halfway down the horse's side, and his foot got stuck. I also had to cut the girth in order to get the saddle off. Thank god for that horse! She stood there the whole time

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post #53 of 84 Old 03-29-2012, 08:54 AM
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Huh. Never had to exlain this.. hmm..
well I guess I take out my right stirrup swing my leg over then drop my left stirrup and then hit the ground. Haha:) I know your supposeed to take both stirrups out though...
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post #54 of 84 Old 04-01-2012, 01:55 AM
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I, too, take both feet out hands on my saddle careful not to push down on my horse's withers and I launch myself a good 3 feet from the saddle.

It's good desensitizing for my horse, keeps us both safe (we started green on green...,) and like Faye said I avoid twisting/disturbing my saddle and hurting my horse.

Wouldn't do it any other way!

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post #55 of 84 Old 04-01-2012, 01:58 AM
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I practice the involuntary flying dismount, where you majestically land on your bum.
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post #56 of 84 Old 04-01-2012, 02:22 AM
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either i do what soenjer55 does :) or i kick both feet out of my stirrups and awkwardly slide off to my left landing with my left foot then my right while pretty much "hugging" my horses neck.. quite funny to watch, i should get a video XD but thats what happens when i ride english for too long at one time and my legs feel like jello :P

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post #57 of 84 Old 04-01-2012, 02:56 AM
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Like most, I remove both feet from the stirrups, swing my right leg over and try to land quietly beside my horse. I have to take care not to land heavily, or try to let my left leg land just before my right as I have a partially damaged leg and can't handle ground shock. My mare is very patient with this!

I do ensure she's standing on level ground and not resting a leg. Nothing worse than a wonky dismount when the horse isn't even >_<


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post #58 of 84 Old 04-01-2012, 05:21 AM
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I've always removed both feet from the stirrups first then swung my right leg over the rump and slid down.. When I first had my belly bar done that was extremely painful (as you can imagine) So instead I swung my right leg over my horses wither and slid to the ground facing away from her.. But she was extremely bombproof and I would not try this on any other horse

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post #59 of 84 Old 04-03-2012, 07:54 AM
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Both feet out and sit quietly and softly in the saddle.

Both reins in left hand and hand on withers as for mounting.

Flat of right hand on front of saddle and pivoting to raise your weight out bend the right knee and making sure you don't kick the horse swing it back and up and over the horse and then slide down gently for a couple of inches then drop to the ground keeping hold of the reins.
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post #60 of 84 Old 04-03-2012, 09:28 AM
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Reins and whip in my left hand, both feet out of the stirrups.
Place my right hand flat against the right hand side of the pommel.
Lean forward and swing my right leg up, then.....somehow end up so my belly is on the seat, both legs are on the horse's left and my head and shoulders are on it's right (very dignified!)
Slide off the saddle and land on both feet facing the left hand saddle flap, ready to loosen the girth and run the left stirrup up.

Please excuse my spelling/grammar mistakes, I'm British.
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