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  • Mounting aids

    This aging thing really sucks.

    My good horse is fairly tall.

    I fell off my horse on Tuesday whiile picking berries (don't ask) and found it very difficult to get back on.

    I usually use a mounting block. I did find a fallen tree but then I was getting stiff from my fall and couldn't climb onto the tree.

    I would so fail a flexion test at the moment.

    I think I have seen things that attach to the stirrup iron that give you a bit more length.

    Any thoughts?

    BTW, although I was riding alone, it was a trail behind the pastures and I could have called for help if needed.
    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

  • #2
    My list of "aids"!

    Oh my I have soooooo been there! So....here's my list of places/things to use...when available of course! Amazing how the horse can adjust to these quickly and to your benefit.
    logs/downed branches
    rocks/boulders are better
    ditches/stream banks - horse
    stands in it and you hop on him
    from the bank
    picnic tables/benches
    car bumpers/truck beds/trailer wheel
    Wood fences/metal gates-takes some
    jumps of any kind
    trashcans/turned over buckets/muck
    wood piles/rock walls
    Natural things out on the trail are readily available in my area. If you don't see anything; just lead your horse down the trail and you'll find a downed tree or stump or hill or stream or something. There's always something!


    • #3
      has anyone tried the Step-Up Stirrup from Cashel?

      I am considering buying one for the same reasons .... Is it worth it?
      I love my mare


      • Original Poster

        that looks like it would only work on a western saddle...
        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


        • Original Poster

          anyone tried this?

          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


          • #6
            Wait ~ what kind of berries ?~

            Wait ! what kind of berries ??~
            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


            • #7
              Just don't use a trailer wheel well!! They're too narrow and often slippery. Tried that. I don't recommend it and neither does my surgeon.
              Born under a rock and owned by beasts!


              • Original Poster

                They were blackberries and they cohabitate with the poison oak so one must really concentrate on what you are doing which is why I was not paying enough attention to my good horse.
                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


                • #9
                  LOVE BLACKBERRIES !!!! Worth the poison oak risk ~ IMHO ~

                  LOVE BLACKBERRIES ~ worth the poison oak risk ~ IMHO ~ hoping you picked enough to take home ~

                  Originally posted by lizathenag View Post
                  They were blackberries and they cohabitate with the poison oak so one must really concentrate on what you are doing which is why I was not paying enough attention to my good horse.
                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                  • #10
                    I have a nylon strap with a plastic western stirrup that hangs directly from the horn down and lower than the regular stirrup.
                    Works fine.

                    I also have a little folding stool, but I need to weld some extra length to the legs, it comes a bit short for 4'11" me with a bad shoulder and not that short a horse.

                    One similar to the strap with the stirrup, first one, the little stool second one:



                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lizathenag View Post
                      I bought one of these used and haven't been able to find a way to make it work for my mare and I. I have Spastic Diplegia, so when I lift my leg up to mount, if it is higher than perpendicular to my hip I have no power to push up.

                      The EZ mount doesn't drop the distance enough for us (Cay is 16.1). I should find it a new home, but I keep forgetting.

                      Thus, if I have to get down away from the barn I have to find something and something TALL.
                      - JK Sporthorses -