Mounting from the off-side.....

domane

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..... ever done it? I hadn't for many years but I had to as one of my tasks at the Intro to TREC day on Saturday. I tried it in the practise sesh and whilst I scarcely give mounting the "normal" way a second thought, I really had to discipline my brain to swing my left leg over the saddle!!! I hesitated two or 3 times before I actually did it and it felt so weird! :p

Having said that, when I had to do it in my assessment, the second time was a doddle. Albi was a tad unnerved and he stands like a rock normally. Must practise!

Go on....give it a go.....
 

Bodshi

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I also had to do it in a trec training session and found it EXTREMELY difficult to work out what limbs to move in what direction, although in my defence I am very uncoordinated. Raf couldn't understand either and bless him kept swinging round to present himself at the 'correct' side. I vowed to practise, but needless to say I haven't lol.
 
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newforest

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Yes I do both.
She stands either way at the mounting block, usually I face her in the direction I am heading, saves turning her. :)

It's an outdated reason to only mount on the near side. Makes us one sided.
 

Star the Fell

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Never tried it. I suppose I should do really. I have had to dismount on the 'wrong' side before now when we got hooked up on a gate. That felt weird.
 

Jessey

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I used to more, haven't in a while though, I'm just on auto pilot when I get on/off so always do it from the left
 

Lissie

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I normally always mount from a mounting block/fence or get a leg up as I don't like pulling on their backs but if I'm out hacking and have to get off I'll alternate which side I get back on so my stirrups stretch evenly and I don't end up with one longer than the other. Not much harder as I'm not flexible either way :rolleyes: horses have never seem bothered by it.
 
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Trewsers

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Storm used to let me do it without any bother, but as I haven't done it in a while I think it might take some getting the hang of. Last time I tried it she was without saddle and in the arena and I was scrambling up via the fence.
I think it's quite a useful thing to be able to do.
 

KP nut

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I mount from both sides and taught my youngsters to accept it on either side when backing them. Still feels odd though!
 

Cremola Foam

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Strangest sensation! I used to do it all the time with B and it became quite easy. Only done it once or twice with B. He wasn't bothered but it took me ages to get on!
 

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I did it years ago and mounted from the ground for Road Safety exams, Now can't mount at all without mammoth block but still could do either side!! As an aside I was not allowed to go trekking with a friend because of this, I suspect in case I fell off although I did say once on board I can cope with most things. A bit disappointed as I have recommended many nervous/novice riders over years to this place and they have had a great time.
 

newforest

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@eml can you get on using a gate? I would expect any trekking horse to line up and wait.

What puzzled me was if your mounting block was the same height as the stirrup, you are not meant to put your foot in, but swing over. During my exam I got given a pony and the block was too high, so I swung and passed.
No one explained the why.
 
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