How to Mount Without a Saddle or Block

You see the cowboys do it. You wish you could do it, because it would save you the trouble of getting help or finding a mounting block or tree stump. Being able to swing up onto your horse lets you experience so much more freedom as a bareback rider, English rider or western rider. It also makes you feel PRETTY COOL!

Steps

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    Sack out your horse (get him/her used to the idea of you jumping on him/her). You can do this by placing your hands on his back, and rubbing him/her for a while, then jumping beside him/her, then, when your horse has calmed down, you should get somebody else to hold the lead rope !!(DO NOT WRAP AROUND YOUR HAND! LOOP IT)!!(IF YOUR HORSE BOLTS or BUCKS the SKIN on YOUR HAND WILL BE GONE)!! while you gently start applying pressure to your hands on his back. Give little hops and jumps (like if you place your hands on the table and jump with your hands taking all the weight, only on his/her back).
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    After trying this about 5-9 times, move on as long as your horse seems alright.(no laid ears back, tail swishing, white around the eyes or exaggerated arched back) if any of this is happening your horse is either irritated or scared. (Scared is last two)
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    After 'sacking your horse out' you may try mounting if you're comfortable.
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    Have somebody hold your horse while you practice, eventually you should be able to do this by yourself (that's the whole idea)
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    If you mount on the left side place your right foot back and your left foot near your horses left front leg by it's hoof.
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    Take a liberal amount of mane along with the reins (so you don't lose control and if your horse has a skimpy mane it'll give you more to hold onto).
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    Then place all your weight onto your right leg.
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    With your momentum swing your right leg and arm over your horses back and try to get on.
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    If you fight for more than 30 seconds trying to get on, relax, slide off and pet your horse for standing still and letting you maul him/her! your horse needs to know you are proud of him/her. And that this is not a punishment.
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    If you succeeded, good for you! now try on the right side, unless your horse is never mounted there. but it is still good practice and will help you in the long run.
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    Again, have somebody hold your horse and then begin. When mounting on the right side, it's just the opposite. you place your right foot in front beside your horses front hoof with your left leg back.
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    Place all your weight on your left foot.
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    Take some mane and reins and (MOMENTUM) use your momentum to swing yourself up on his/her back.
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    If you succeed then pat your horse and stay up there for a couple seconds.
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    Gently dismount and pat him/her. reward is extremely important.
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    If you don't succeed don't worry about it, it takes practice, the key is over shooting your horse and using every ounce of momentum to your advantage. strength is not key.
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    This does not happen overnight to most people, but with practice and time, you will be able to do it!

Tips

  • Try standing on somewhat of a hill while mounting, it makes it a whole lot easier!
  • Don't have your horse facing where he/she wants to go.
  • practice before showing your friends!

Warnings

  • If your horse is old or has back problems you shouldn't try this.
  • Try not to kick your horse in the flank while swinging on, it may anger them or make them go, either of which will result in nothing good.
  • Change things up a bit and don't overdo it.
  • Don't point your horse toward oats, home or another horse if nobody is holding him.her that will tempt him/her to move, making it extremely difficult to stay on.
  • Your horse may get irritated if you try this over and over.
  • If you are overweight then you shouldn't try this.

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