How to Mount a Horse (Parelli)

If you're a rider, you already know how to mount normally. Recently, though, a lot of riding instructors are beginning to use natural horsemanship (Parelli, Monty Roberts, John Lyons), and this may mean mounting a different way.

Steps

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    Check your girth/cinch.
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    Put your left foot in the left stirrup.
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    Bounce a couple of times on your right foot to gain momentum.
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    Jump up as usual, but turn to face the horse's head, and stand in the left stirrup, placing your right leg against the saddle.
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    Pat your horse's right shoulder.
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    Put your right hand on the knee roll/swells.
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    Swing your leg over, but don't sit.
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    Find your right stirrup, and place your foot in it.
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    Sit

Tips

  • Have your instructor hold the right stirrup while you mount.
  • Don't cheat and sit while you pat the horse.
  • Make sure you have a near-bombproof horse when you try this.
  • Keep your horse on a looser rein than you usually would.

Warnings

  • If you have a flighty horse, they may flip when you try this.
  • Riding is a dangerous sport, and trying something new without someone else present is a bad idea.

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Categories: Riding