The Western Mount Up
Author: Cathryn LeAnn (Katie_85 on the message board)
Okay, you now have a (hopefully!) willing mount, a Western saddle, and a good ride ahead of you. But first you need to get into the saddle.
Mounting into a Western saddle does differ slightly from English, due to a higher cantle and the saddle horn on the front. As the rider mounts, he must clear the cantle and land gently in the saddle, just as in English riding.
Before mounting, there are a few things that need to be done. Double check the girth to make sure it is still secure. Check your stirrups to see that they are the correct length for mounting. If everything checks out, you are ready to go.
Step 1 Place your right hand on the cantle and your left hand on the horse's neck.
(Grab a hunk of mane if necessary) Insert your left foot into the stirrup.
Step 2 BOUNCE on your right foot, propelling yourself up until you are almost standing in your left stirrup, continuing your motion over the cantle of the saddle.
Step 3 Swing your right leg over the cantle and slide gently into the saddle, just as in English.
Step 4 Insert your right foot into the stirrup.
Step 5 Gather the reins and position yourself for a ride. <insert mount5.jpg here>
Step 6 Have Fun, and Happy Trails!
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