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post #11 of 15 Old 05-31-2009, 10:55 PM
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You might try breaking it down into small steps. Although it is a fluid motion if you are used to doing it, thinking about each step may make it easier for you.
I used to work with a Theraputic Horseback riding place and we basically did a reverse of the mounting. Gather your reins, take feet out of the stirrups then lean not so much forward but forward and to the side. Use the pommel or neck for support. You may have to use your left stirrup for balance and support at first but be sure once you have your right leg over to balance over the horse and the saddle (even lean onto the horse and the saddle) and drop that stirrup before you try to slide to the ground.
Practice makes perfect. Just keep trying. Break it down into smaller steps and I think you will find a way to make it work.

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post #12 of 15 Old 06-29-2009, 03:49 AM
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I put on quite a bit of weight and had the same problem. What I did was keep my left foot in the stirrup while lifting my right leg over, and slowly decreased the amount of weight I was putting in the left stirrup until I built up the muscles in my lower half.

I guess what you could also do is find a time and place that's quiet and private (so you don't feel self-conscious) and practice, because, as they say, practice makes perfect. I'm still pretty much as heavy as I was when I had problems with this, but I can comfortably dismount with no drama.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-29-2009, 04:18 AM
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I know this is in the English section, so forgive me if this is against the norm or something you aren't supposed to do.

In my western saddle, I don't take both feet out of the stirrups first. I take my right foot out and stand up in the left stirrup so I have more clearance for my right leg. Though that might be difficult if you don't have something to step down onto. I usually just do it all in one swift motion. It's like a reverse mount up.

Good luck!
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post #14 of 15 Old 06-29-2009, 06:52 AM
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My partner has a physical dissability and can't dismoun't unless she keeps her left foot in the stirrup. We are also training her horse to drop it's head so she can take the right leg over the withers and then sort of slide off, a real no-no in some circles but I could care less.

Anything that makes your life more comfortable can't be a bad thing ( provided you're not abusing your horse ) and anyone that says different obviously hasn't had personal experiance in these matters.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-29-2009, 08:11 AM
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I better get to the exercises, my self ={
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