Just read this study about a scientific basis for handling horses from the left and it reminded me of something...Does anyone know why in fact we have the tradition of mounting from the left? I was told why, but I'll wait to hear if anyone heard the same reason before posting. http://www.barnmice.com/forum/topics...-to-mount-from
I've heard we mount from the left because most warriors carried their swords on their left
side and it was easier to mount from the side because they didn't have the swing the leg
with the sword over the horse. Just what I've heard....
Ditto all the other replies... cause back in the day it was much easier to swing up onto a horse from the left then the right because most people are right handed, thus the sword or weapon of choice would be on the right side.
DITTO. Nothing to do with how horses see. It's because *most* humans are right handed.
You can mount a horse from right. They'll look at you squirrly, and I'll guarantee you that you'll start off by puttin the wrong foot in the stirrup, but they could give a rat's butt. Been there, done that on a trail that was a wee bit narrow for mountin on the "correct" side. Ah, Wyoming....
Yep, in the days of old the soldiers wore their swords on their left leg because they were right handed. So it was easier to mount from the left and also pull the sword out with the right hand.
Horses will not care which side we mount on, it is just that so many are not taught to be ambidexterous. (sp?) But it's good for us and them to mount from both sides, not just mentally but physically. If you always mount from the left you are not only stretching just your left stirrup leather but also pulling on your horse's withers repeatedly to that side.
I clearly remember, as a kid, playing some horsey "games" one day in the indoor - one of the adults who boarded there served as "ringmaster" and would call out the instructions and we had to race to complete. One series involved cantering from one end of the ring to the other, dismount, remount on the wrong side. . .
Some of the ponies did not like it AT ALL when we tried to mount from the right - they pinned their ears and danced away, making that part of the exercise very challenging!
I think it goes even deeper- back in the middle ages, it was thought that the devil had you, if you were left handed- the French for left is "gauche", the Latin, "sinister", whereas, if you right handed, in French, you are "adroit".
Knights, who took oaths to God and the King, and all of that happy stuff, were doing Gods work, by slaughtering the peasants...ooopss...by fighting for the good side.
Hence, no lefties, and the necessity of mounting from the left.