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post #11 of 13 Old 01-05-2017, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
Just ride bareback or with no stirrups! If you can't get on without a stirrup, horses actually have 2 sides, so just get on the other side(hint: if you've ever done it, you & the horse may have to practice a bit first!)
What I found about bareback, once I could not drop weight onto any leg suddenly, as my knees could absorb zero jarring, that even with a saddle, I had to sort of dismount sliding partly off the rump on my horse, so that I just 'kissed the ground', with my feet
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-05-2017, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Zexious View Post
Where do you keep your horse?
The barn I board at houses a Therapeutic Riding Group, so they had amenities that made mounting much easier. Maybe you could have someone build a ramp of some sort?

I was leasing a horse from another owner at the stables I take lessons at. That specific horse has now left so I'll have to use one of the lesson horses. And they had just started getting strong into therapeutic riding when I had my fall. They have now expanded their therapy services and bought the property next door to expand round pens, paddocks, added an office etc... so she might have added a ramp too. I've always used a mounting block there to mount, but may have to see about a taller one if/when I get back on a taller horse. Of course losing weight, getting in shape, and stretching are ok options too, that way I wouldn't have as hard a time getting on/off
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post #13 of 13 Old 01-05-2017, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
Sounds like it would have been an... interesting accident to have seen! You could always go with a saddle sans stirrups, doesn't have to be bareback.

It sounds like it was your mounting technique rather than bareback riding - I know some people allow the horse a loose rein when mounting, but I'm all for ensuring control when I'm in that vulnerable 'limbo'. With or without a saddle. I would just ensure your horse knows how to respond to one rein held in 'neutral' - one rein stop, as opposed to one rein to turn - and just keep your nearest rein very short when mounting, so that if anything does go wrong, the worst he can do is circle, moving his rump away from you.
Usually he would at least wait until my butt hit the saddle to walk off, but it's still not "ok" to do that as I didn't have my other foot in the stirrup yet. I know that I normally would keep the reins tight because of this and try the back up/turn around/do anything besides walking straight out as soon as mounting thing. It probably didn't help much because he was also being ridden by his owner about once a week and I think she may have allowed it. I honestly can't remember that day how tight I had the reins in my hand when I tried to mount. I've gone back over all of it in my head and listed all the reasons that I shouldn't have done it at all (including never asking his owner how often he had been ridden bareback, which ended up the answer was once in the 9 years she owned him).

I'm definitely making note of all of these suggestions. Although I won't be riding the same horse again, you never know when one will have that same habit that needs to be fixed.
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