Horse-riders make mounting a horse look so easy but if you are a beginner, you know it’s not as easy as it seems. It will take practice but as you go along it will get easier. Now when it comes to mounting a horse sidesaddle, here are suggestions to go about it as accident-free as you can manage. Remember that you should not be going about this on your own especially if you’re a beginner. If you want to practice on your own there is a suggestion below that can help you through it but do exercise caution all the time.
Make sure the saddle and stirrups are securely on the horse. If you don’t check, you will fall hard on your bum and it will hurt.
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Ask a trainer for help
This is the safest way to mount a horse sidesaddle. Your trainer, or in the event that you trainer isn’t available the groom can assist you while you mount a horse. He will literally give you a leg up while you position yourself and prepare to mount a horse sidesaddle style.
Use a mounting block
If no one is around to give you lift, you can resort to a mounting block. This is recommended when you already have sufficient practice mounting a horse sidesaddle. Position the mountain block near the flank of a horse keeping in mind proper spacing and then simply step on it to give you the leverage that you need to mount a horse.
Hold a clump of the horse’s mane
It must be enough to hold on to when you begin to mount a horse. Remember not to grab the mane. Just a firm hold will do.
Position your legs properly
As you mount a horse, rest your right leg by the side of the horse’s flank – don’t fold it just yet, plant your bottom firmly on the saddle, and keep your left foot inside the stirrup.
Allow your thigh to rest on top of the front saddle. Do you see that groove or ridge in between the shoulder of the saddle? That’s where your right thigh should be resting.
Follow the 90-degree angle
This angle means your right calf rests by the horse’s shoulder with your knees bent approximately at a 90-degree angle. You don’t have to literally measure this angle, when you feel comfortable without causing discomfort to the horse, that’s the angle you’re looking for.
Don’t lean forward
You will cause undue stress to the horse. You will also feel uncomfortable in this position. Instead, keep your posture straight and centered on the saddle. Also, allow your body to “sway” as the horse moves forward on the trail or around an enclosed pen.
Allow your right leg to open up
When you feel uncomfortable during the ride, you can slowly adjust your right leg to open up while adjusting your position on the saddle.
Additionally, choose a horse that you are most comfortable riding so it will be a pleasant experience for you and the horse. If your trainer allows, bring treats for the horse so you can feed him when the ride is done. Lastly, make sure you properly dressed for this adventure.