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  • Dismount help for painful feet?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for possible dismounting methods for one with extremely painful feet?

    After battling lyme's for the last three years, I am SO happy to be back in the saddle again with my dear boy, (AND able to read CoTH without sobbing and wondering when, if ever, I'd be able to join you all and ride again) but find I'm left with some residual issues that I am hoping can be mitigated, if not completely resolved.

    The biggest problem at the moment is that my feet are extremely painful to even walk on, and I am afraid that the concussive force of my dismount of yore (both feet out of stirrups, swing leg over, vault to ground) will only serve to make matters worse. I am sure that the extra weight I've put on while sick and immobile is certainly not helping any.

    I caught a glimpse of myself while riding in the indoor mirrors today and I was shocked - can anyone say giant Puffalump on a Breyer pony?

    Anyway, any and all suggestions for a more gentle dismount greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    What about dismounting to a mounting block, that way it isn't as far to the ground, also slide down the horse don't jump.

    Diane

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    • #3
      Originally posted by cadriver View Post
      What about dismounting to a mounting block, that way it isn't as far to the ground, also slide down the horse don't jump.

      Diane
      I see many riders using the mounting block to dismount at my barn. It's easier on the joints, especially the knees.

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      • #4
        I have nerve damage in my right arm which precludes hanging on to the cantle when dismounting. So I use a panic strap and hang onto that with my left hand and slide to the ground. The worst thing I've done is some minor but visible scuff marks on my saddle from zippers.

        My b/o has always said it is not a good idea to dismount to a block. If you have someone around they can help you by supporting you as you slide off. This is how we dismount many of the riders in the therapy program.

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        • #5
          Gel Insoles ?? http://www.drscholls.com/drscholls/massaginggel.jsp
          and sort of slither down the side like us old folks! ( I take both feet out and as I swing right leg over I get belly on the saddle and sort of slither to the ground gently). Being over 60 has some rewards, but getting off a horse with style ain't one of them!

          On the other hand you coul slide off in to a nice soft patch of gooey mud !
          ... _. ._ .._. .._

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          • #6
            There are a few things I do, depending on situation.

            I rode at one place that had a wonderful mounting platform, it was maybe 2 feet off the ground but about 3 by 6 feet long that I dismounted onto. I wouldn't want to try to land on one of the plastic stools. Without that I either park Sophie in a ditch, or at least downhill of my landing zone or slide down carefully
            I wasn't always a Smurf
            Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
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            • #7
              The easiest way for me to dismount and avoid the electric shock of landing on my feet hard is to wrap both arms around the horse's neck and keep hold while I swing down. Seems to work pretty good as long as I'm not in a western saddle. Otherwise perhaps a neck strap to hold onto?

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                #8
                Thanks so much for the responses! Being of the mature and ah, "curvy" persuasion, I can only imagine my no longer svelte nor remotely graceful self attempting to find a plastic mounting block! One or the other of my overendowed curves would surely launch me quite aways away from the wanted landing spot

                Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                There are a few things I do, depending on situation.

                I rode at one place that had a wonderful mounting platform, it was maybe 2 feet off the ground but about 3 by 6 feet long that I dismounted onto. I wouldn't want to try to land on one of the plastic stools.
                What a luxury! I, too, had one at a barn I used to ride at -- alas, not this one... And what to do in the indoor as well? Like the ditch/hill for outside though!

                Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                Gel Insoles ?? http://www.drscholls.com/drscholls/massaginggel.jsp
                and sort of slither down the side like us old folks! ( I take both feet out and as I swing right leg over I get belly on the saddle and sort of slither to the ground gently). Being over 60 has some rewards, but getting off a horse with style ain't one of them!

                On the other hand you coul slide off in to a nice soft patch of gooey mud !
                My friend, I am not much behind you in age a'tall. And you slither? I'm so jealous As for the mud - BTDT, but never of my choice

                Originally posted by dougx3 View Post
                The easiest way for me to dismount and avoid the electric shock of landing on my feet hard is to wrap both arms around the horse's neck and keep hold while I swing down. Seems to work pretty good as long as I'm not in a western saddle. Otherwise perhaps a neck strap to hold onto?
                Dougx3, please come with me to my barn - I promise, me attempting your method would be the funniest thing you have witnessed in several years! We shall have a very, very good laugh at my attempt in the very least. And I am sure my horsie will give us both that wide open, white showing, left eye look that says "Woman, you have GOT to be kidding me!"

                But thank you all, for the great suggestions... I shall try them all!

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                • #9
                  I mount and dismount on a very tall mounting block. It is good for both of us.

                  What would be the downside?
                  A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton

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                  • #10
                    Mounting block, aka dismounting block. :-) I used to step off onto picnic tables, benches, anything that was tall and sturdy.

                    Another thing you can do which helps is if you have to get off onto the ground, kick your feet out of the stirrups and roll your ankles around in both directions a few times, point your toes up and down, roll your ankles again --- this gets the circulation going and takes away a lot of the "sting" your feet can get, especially in cold weather, when you get off your horse.

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                    • #11
                      just swing right leg over & put right foot down on the ground, then left. Make sure knees are bent. It's gonna hurt a little, just do it as quickly as possible and ride short horses/ponies.

                      Be nice and kind to yourself. self-talking like Puffalump is not good! You ride because you want to and because you CAN, so rejoice

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                      • #12
                        I get the impression your horse is a pretty sturdy, accepting kinda guy? Try a crest dismount (caveat: you'll need some upper body strength). Take both feet out of the stirrups (or keep your left foot in but don't tell anyone I said so). Keeping your belly button pointed forward, bring your right leg over your horse's crest and sit sidesaddle - seat bones in their normal places (don't sit sideways with your belly button pointed left). Make sure that left foot is out of the stirrup now. Put your two hands on your horse's withers (not neck, in case he lowers his head). Roll onto your belly and use your arms to lower yourself slowly to the ground. The reason you roll onto your belly, instead of sliding off the horse facing away from the horse, is because your chance of falling onto your hands and knees (or doing a face plant!) is much less, and you can use your arms to control your descent.

                        If you're not sure your horse will "get it," find a teenager to do it a few times to practice with him. My horse actually likes it better when we get off that way - go figure - I think it has something to do with the saddle and his withers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by betsyk View Post
                          I get the impression your horse is a pretty sturdy, accepting kinda guy? Try a crest dismount (caveat: you'll need some upper body strength). Take both feet out of the stirrups (or keep your left foot in but don't tell anyone I said so). Keeping your belly button pointed forward, bring your right leg over your horse's crest and sit sidesaddle - seat bones in their normal places (don't sit sideways with your belly button pointed left). Make sure that left foot is out of the stirrup now. Put your two hands on your horse's withers (not neck, in case he lowers his head). Roll onto your belly and use your arms to lower yourself slowly to the ground. The reason you roll onto your belly, instead of sliding off the horse facing away from the horse, is because your chance of falling onto your hands and knees (or doing a face plant!) is much less, and you can use your arms to control your descent.
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                          This is how I have to do it too. My left ankle is "shot" and after ending up on my butt because my leg can't take the "boom".. the only thing that I do differently AND will change now, is getting my left foot out sooner. I also upgraded my paddock boots for the every day foot pain... Ariat Cobalts... as long as I wear them I don't have a limp... wierdest thing. I wear sneakers or flip flops I limp.. Cobalts... I can walk a mile with no pain.
                          ....... pausing

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                          • #14
                            I have a lot of nerve damage in my feet and legs. Generally, by the time I have finished a ride, I cannot feel my feet and my legs collapse when they bear any weight. I slither down my very patient mounts and land on the mounting block. My legs quiver and collapse, so I hold on to the stirrup and my butt hits the mounting block. My horse and I hang out until I have a little more feeling and I can hobble out of the arena!
                            Beth

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                            • #15
                              I use a mounting block to get on and off the horse. Mare is well versed in mounting block etiquette. She has offered me no issues in doing so. I change the location I dismount so that she doesn't sour to the idea....Go directly to the mounting block and mommy will get off, NO...don't think so.....

                              I can't get off safely unless I step down, IE western style. I swing right leg over saddle and step down onto ground with right foot. Then, I pull left foot out of stirrup.

                              For the life of me, I can't get off her any other way. My right ankle will sublux, ie, partially dislocate, and I can't walk. Yes, I know it isn't quite safe, but I can't do it any other way......I have tried and tried again....but ankles won't cooperate.

                              I always make sure that just the tip of my left toes/boot is in the stirrup. It is the only way I can do it....

                              I wonder if others are the same.....and why not!
                              Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

                              Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!

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                              • #16
                                I have a friend help me down, guiding me down till I touch the ground.
                                "Pride goeth before the Fall"

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