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post #1 of 18 Old 11-18-2018, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Question Trick To Getting In the Saddle?

Hey Ya'll,

So I know this is going to sound crazy, but is there some sort of trick to getting back on a horse without having to use a mounting block or something to stand on? Because, every time I try to attempt to get on without using something I make the saddle slip a little ways (yes, the saddle is tightened enough) and I feel that it's just so uncomfortable for my horse to keep trying and then readjusting the saddle.

So what the freak am I doing wrong? Do I need more upper body strength? Leg strength or what? Do I need to lose more weight? XD I just feel a bit embarrassed when I can't get on my horse without having to use a mounting block or something. Plus, what if I actually fall off of my horse and I need to get back on but there's nothing for me to stand on or something? I'm just bleh about it. I really want to get on without having to use anything or have some type of help.

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I have age as an excuse, plus I am both height AND gravitationally challenged!! Normally, being unable to get on is a flexability issue. By the time you get that left leg bent enough to be in the stirrup, there is no bounce or jump left in the right leg and the hips.
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-18-2018, 04:51 PM
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I just use the block, far better for the horse anyway.
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A friendly person to give you a leg-up?

I use a block, tree stump, wall.... I haven't been able to bounce on since i was very young and even then i often missed or went over the other side. I was never that athletic.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-18-2018, 05:27 PM
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I don't even try. My horse is 17.2, I have short legs. I can barely get on from a small mounting block. Lol
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It might require a bit of a walk, but out on a trail, u can probably find a fallen tree to stand on, or a place where there is enough of a slope or even a ditch where you can position your horse downhill of you....You're probably not doing anything 'wrong', we'd have to see a video of you trying to see. For me,,,I have very short legs and even though Sonny isnt tall, I can barely get my foot in the stirrup from the ground, and by then , I'm so stretched and out of balance, I don't have enough push left in that leg to even begin to make it up. There are various mounting aids for sale that supposedly make it possible, but I've not tried any of those, I just look for a fallen tree. In an arena, if I need to, I use the fence. If you think that you 'should' be able, and just want some technique tips,,post a video and folks on the forum might be able to give you some tips.

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Another ol' granny with a 17.2hh horse here. I always use a mounting block. It's good for me, safer, and good for my horse. There's no shame in using one. As your horse ages, he'll thank you too since you've reduced his shoulder and back strain.

It's one thing to see a little tot hanging off the side of a saddle as they scramble up like it's a tree, but I cringe seeing a grown up struggle to mount and the poor horse is shifting his weight trying to not get pulled over. Not to mention like you said, you have to shimmy that saddle back in place - ouch!
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I have age as an excuse, plus I am both height AND gravitationally challenged!! Normally, being unable to get on is a flexability issue. By the time you get that left leg bent enough to be in the stirrup, there is no bounce or jump left in the right leg and the hips.
I might look up ways to become more flexible then. I really want to get on without help. Lol.

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I just use the block, far better for the horse anyway.
I've heard it was better for the horse, but how is it better? People got on horses for years and years without using a mounting block and such.

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A friendly person to give you a leg-up?

I use a block, tree stump, wall.... I haven't been able to bounce on since i was very young and even then i often missed or went over the other side. I was never that athletic.
I guess I could do that. I know I'd have a long walk though. Lol. Maybe I'll buy mounting blocks to make little mounting stations on the trails on my property.

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I don't even try. My horse is 17.2, I have short legs. I can barely get on from a small mounting block. Lol
That is a tall horse. Lol.

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It might require a bit of a walk, but out on a trail, u can probably find a fallen tree to stand on, or a place where there is enough of a slope or even a ditch where you can position your horse downhill of you....You're probably not doing anything 'wrong', we'd have to see a video of you trying to see. For me,,,I have very short legs and even though Sonny isnt tall, I can barely get my foot in the stirrup from the ground, and by then , I'm so stretched and out of balance, I don't have enough push left in that leg to even begin to make it up. There are various mounting aids for sale that supposedly make it possible, but I've not tried any of those, I just look for a fallen tree. In an arena, if I need to, I use the fence. If you think that you 'should' be able, and just want some technique tips,,post a video and folks on the forum might be able to give you some tips.

Fay
Ii will have to think about posting a video then. This is something I want to learn and work on.

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Another ol' granny with a 17.2hh horse here. I always use a mounting block. It's good for me, safer, and good for my horse. There's no shame in using one. As your horse ages, he'll thank you too since you've reduced his shoulder and back strain.

It's one thing to see a little tot hanging off the side of a saddle as they scramble up like it's a tree, but I cringe seeing a grown up struggle to mount and the poor horse is shifting his weight trying to not get pulled over. Not to mention like you said, you have to shimmy that saddle back in place - ouch!

I don't shimmy the saddle back in place. I go loosen it and then fix it, and then I will tighten it again. Although, that is probably still a pain in the butt to us both!!
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-18-2018, 08:33 PM
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@Izzy18

A small bit of research will tell you why it’s better for the horse. Saying people have mounted from the ground for years is hardly a defense. When I was a kid it was quite usual to see horses with white marks on its back and withers from poorly fitted saddles. Now we understand more about fitting, and the use of mounting blocks.

Mind you as you go around the UK the old stone mounting blocks in villages are often there, with the steps worn away showing how much they were used

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Start your research here https://www.yourhorse.co.uk/blogs/ho...ect-our-horses
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@Gold enHorse that is just too cool....
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