How to Mount a Horse Safely
Mounting a horse is a skill that every equestrian should know how to do safely. It is important to understand the basics of mounting and dismounting, and how to do it safely. In this article, we will discuss how to mount a horse safely, including the use of a mounting block and how to get on a horse without a mounting block.
The first step in mounting a horse safely is to make sure that the horse is properly prepared. This means that the horse should be calm and relaxed, with all of its tack securely in place. It is also important to check the horses feet for any stones or other debris that might cause it discomfort when mounting.
Once the horse is ready, the rider should use a mounting block to help them get on the horse. The mounting block should be placed in front of the horse, and the rider should place their left foot on the block. The rider should then take hold of the saddle and swing their right leg over the horse, using the mounting block for support. Once the rider is seated in the saddle, they should check that their feet are firmly in the stirrups, and that their weight is evenly distributed.
If a rider does not have access to a mounting block, they can still mount a horse safely. The rider should stand to the side of the horse and place their left hand on the horses withers (the area between the shoulder blades). With their right hand, they should take hold of the stirrup, and place their left foot in it. The rider should then take hold of the saddle, and swing their right leg over the horse. Once the rider is seated in the saddle, they should check that their feet are firmly in the stirrups, and that their weight is evenly distributed.
When mounting or dismounting a horse, it is important to keep the horse calm and relaxed. If the horse is agitated, it can cause the rider to become unbalanced and increase the risk of injury. If the horse starts to move when the rider is on it, the rider should relax and not fight the movement, as this can cause the horse to become more agitated.
It is also important to keep one hand on the horses withers or mane when mounting or dismounting. This helps to keep the horse steady and calm, and also ensure that the rider can easily and quickly move in and out of the saddle.
In conclusion, mounting a horse safely is essential for both the rider and the horse. It is important to use a mounting block if available, and to keep the horse calm and relaxed when mounting and dismounting. It is also important to keep one hand on the horses withers or mane when mounting or dismounting, to ensure that the rider can easily and quickly move in and out of the saddle