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HOW TO PROPERLY AND SAFELY MOUNT YOUR HORSE

By Christy Mellington

 

I cannot think of anything more fun than taking your horse out for a beautiful ride down the trail! First, however, we must safely mount up...

Mount Your Horse Safely

Begin by tacking up your horse and finding a nice level place to mount.

 

Mount Your Horse Safely

Standing at his left shoulder, firmly grab your saddle horn and cause your horse to brace himself for mounting. Do this by pushing and pulling on the saddle until he spreads his front feet out and cannot be pulled off balance.

 

Mount Your Horse Safely

Standing on the left side of your horse, facing his rear, with your reins in your left hand and your left stirrup in your right hand, turn your stirrup forward and place your left foot in it,

 

Mount Your Horse Safely

Mount Your Horse Safely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With both hands at the front of your saddle, pivot on your right foot and face the front of your horse.

 

Mount Your Horse Safely

Mount Your Horse Safely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, hop up and stand in your left stirrup. Gently swing your right leg over your horse’s back and sit down.

Notice my position in the saddle. You can draw a straight line from my shoulder, to my hip, to my heel. This is the proper riding position and we should all strive to maintain it. It is the most balanced position for both us, and our horse.

Mount Your Horse Safely

Always keep your heels slightly below your toes in the stirrup. This insures that we are riding with a “deep” seat and will keep you in the saddle if your horse spooks.

Mount up and enjoy your ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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