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post #21 of 26 Old 11-05-2013, 03:33 PM
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I had a coach for three years who didn't believe in mounting blocks
My trainer was the exact opposite in that she encouraged her students that mounting blocks are good for your tack, your horse's back, and our own back.
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My trainer was the exact opposite in that she encouraged her students that mounting blocks are good for your tack, your horse's back, and our own back.[/QUOTE]
haha I completely agree, but riding with the same coach for so long made me feel awkward on mounting blocks! Now even when I have the option to use one, I don't. They make me feel unstable, lol. I just got so used to mounting without one I guess :P
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post #23 of 26 Old 11-05-2013, 08:54 PM
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IMHO, so long as you are mounting lightly, then the stress put on the horse's back is negligible. I mean, if you were hanging off the side for a really long time and pulling the saddle way out of whack, then you might cause a problem, but other than that....

Yes, the bay is 14.2, but he's very broad with a very big barrel, pretty typical ranch type QH. My best guess on his weight is probably somewhere around 1100 pounds.
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I think horse height is more to do with preference than rider height. I'm 5'4 And have ridden everything from ponies to draft types, though I prefer something on the smaller aside of average.
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post #25 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 09:08 AM
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I'm 5'7 and I love 14-14.3hh horses myself. I'm a trail rider and climbing back on a shorter horse after dismounting is just so much easier! I don't think there's anything visually wrong with people taller than myself riding short horses. If it's a tall AND heavy person, they can ride a stockier short horse. Where I grew up, I always saw big, tall farmers riding short Haflingers.
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post #26 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 09:14 AM
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I'm 5'10" and ride 17.2 hands. Good stretching is a must on my part and standing still while I mount is a must on his part (and yes, I can get on and off without aids).
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