How To: Mount a horse properly to prevent injury

Mount a horse properly to prevent injury

Julie Goodnight guides you through how to safely mount and dismount a horse. First make sure you put the reigns up over the horses head. Keep the reigns in your hands so you always have control of your horse. Check the cinch on the saddle before putting your foot in the stirrup. Make sure the horses feet are square so it can properly brace when you go to mount. Stand to the front of the horse, facing the rear, so you can see the legs at all times. This will also discourage your horse from stepping forward. Turn the stirrup towards you, place your foot into the stirrup, hopping around to face the front of the horse. Reach across to the opposite side pommel, then spring up quickly to get your weight centered on the horse. Slowly bring your other leg across the back of the horse, taking care not to kick the horse. Sit softly then place your other foot into the stirrup. Once you are seated, make sure your saddle is square on the horses back to keep it comfortable. When you go to dismount, place your reigns in your left hand and take your right foot out of the stirrup. With your right hand on the pommel, stand up making sure to keep your weight centered over the horses back. Swing your two legs around, keeping them together. Place your right hand on the center of the saddle. Lean forward towards the horse and pull your foot out of the stirrup. Pivot on your hip to face the front of your horse, and slide down off the saddle, landing so you are facing the same way as the horse. Additional tips: Wear snaps instead of zippers on your clothes. Use a mounting block when you can, as it is easier on your horses back. Also make sure someone is present to remove the mounting block. Have someone hold the opposite side of the saddle when you are mounting so it doesn't shift on your horses back. Check your stirrup length before you mount. The best stirrup length ensures the top part of your leg and the bottom part of your leg are at the same angle.

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