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  • #41
    Originally posted by Skyedragon View Post
    I don't think I am afraid of risk, and the crazy thing is that it's not like my horse is huge either, she's only 15.1 hands. If the mounting block was a few inches taller I could just swing my leg over. Maybe that's my problem, where I boarded before I use to be able to just swing my leg over. I wouldn't put a foot in either stirrup until my butt was on the saddle.

    Nothing else has changed, same horse, same tack. I really want to ride too, because of the weather I couldn't ride all last week. Today was a beautiful sunny day, no wind, would have been perfect.
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    I have no irrrational fear, but 20 years ago I stepped up in the stirrup of a young, green broken horse I had been riding. I was using just a one step block and as I put my foot in the stirrup someone came behind the horse and he swung his hind end quickly away from me to see behind him. It happened so fast that I fell backward, but my foot hung in the stirrup and I was dragged a good way (Indoor thank God) with my face right next to the hind hoof!! I wasn't injured - miraculously - but did have flash backs for months!!! My cure....ALL of my mounting blocks are now 3 feet high and I NEVER put my foot in the stirrup until I am safely in the saddle. In my ummm advancing years, bad shoulder, healed broken leg/shattered knee this method works for me!!! And truly...my horses are more comfortable too. My new 17 hand horse is even easy to pop on with a high mounting block. So OP...get someone to built a higher mounting block for you. Good Luck!!
    www.crosscreeksporthorses.com
    Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma

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    • #42
      Originally posted by BuddyRoo View Post
      yeah, I was taught that way as well so that the horse circles around you but if you think about it, that lets the horse swing his/her butt (and body) away from you. Whereas if you tighten up the outside rein, the horse is swinging into you which means that if you already have a foot in the stirrup, you have a horse coming under you instead of away.

      Like I said, it's a little counterintuitive but mechanically, it makes a lot of sense. And it actually has saved my butt more than once.
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      This is true!! When in doubt..tighten the right rein so the horse comes UNDER you...not away!! Another thing...place your mounting block about 4 feet away from a building/wall/fence to teach your horse to stand straight.
      Last edited by crosscreeksh; Dec. 13, 2012, 10:39 PM. Reason: added thought.
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      • #43
        I'm glad I read this thread! I had a lesson Tuesday night, on a mare I fell off of last Tuesday. My fall was kind of silly and no big deal, and I wasn't nervous or anything afterwards. Embarrassed, mostly. Well, I rode her again Tuesday and my lesson was going very well until she ran out at a little vertical. I almost ate dirt again. (If I had, I would have fallen off more in two weeks than I have in the last seven or so years.) I stayed on, I think mostly out of sheer determination to not fall off twice in a row. The mare was a little frazzled after that, and I was starting to get nervous.

        And then I pretty much chickened out. I haven't chickened out in...well, I can't even think of the last time.

        I made my trainer drop the fences to tiny x's or tiny veritcals (and it's not like we were jumping big to start!) and I trotted into everything. And I kind of had to make myself do it. Like, I really didn't want to keep jumping, but I knew I was being a little ridiculous at the same time. I jumped around the teeny stuff a few more times and called it good.

        The next day I was so mad at myself. I don't know when I turned into such a freaking wuss! I've been riding for 18 years, and I do not have a history of chickening out. I do think that not jumping for several years (I only started jumping again regularly over the summer) combined with riding nothing but my own horse has left me a little less brave. My horse is a very quiet, very solid citizen that I've owned for 12 years. On his worst, wildest day he doesn't make me nervous!

        But I do feel slightly better after reading these posts. I was being pretty hard on myself about wussing out.

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          #44
          I finally rode last night. I found myself starting to feel faint and hyperventilating just taking my mare to the mounting block though. Thankfully my BO just cut down a big tree and I was able to drag a stump into the riding area. It was tall enough that I could just swing my leg over and sit in the saddle. To be honest even that made me feel a little fearful, but not as fearful as the shorter mounting block. Hopefully I can move on from this now!

          I also think I finally figured out last night what has me so freaked out. The idea of the saddle slipping and me tumbling off as I mount. Funny thing is that I have never even had something like that happen to me!
          Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
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