3L Horsemanship Mounting

Mounting Your Horse

Good Horsemanship is Safe Horsemanship

Put boot in Stirrup

right Shoulder to saddle

pushup with legs

Swing leg over

sit in saddle

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Practice Safe Horsemanship

But first- reason's not to mount your horse:

  • If your horse moves when you are trying to get on. Don't get on until he stands calmly with his head in a natural position


  • Get off and do some groundwork, if he needs to move his feet, the groundwork will allow him to do so.

  • Do not get on. If he is looking in the opposite direction
     Reach and grab the inside rein and slowly turn his head to the inside.
    This way he will know you are about to mount and 
    he want spook or walk off.

  • Do not get on. If your horse is head shy.
    You might be able to mount him but anything that touches his head or ears during the ride will probably cause him to overreact which will lead him to need to get rid of you.

  • Do not get on. If your horse seems to be nervous. Check his body language. Is his head high, ears laid back or pointed straight ahead? Check his saddle. Does it fit him properly? Is your hobble strap attached from the front cinch to your back cinch? Is your front or back cinch too tight?

How to safely get on your horse and stay balanced when sitting in the saddle.

1. Be prepared, you should have one foot in the stirrup with your left shoulder against the horses left shoulder. The inside rein should be in your left hand and the inside rein should be shorter than the outside rein so you can bend the horse's head slightly to the inside.

2. You should then step up with one foot in the stirrup and the other foot hanging alongside, with your weight balanced over the saddle.

3. To mount, you should gently swing your right leg over the haunches, sit relaxed in the saddle, and place your right foot in the stirrup.

How to safely mount your horse.


You know, I've seen and heard about people getting hurt when they are getting on or off their horse. There are many ways to get hurt or killed if your horse doesn't patiently or calmly stand still when you are mounting or dismounting.
This could easily be prevented by making sure your horse is prepared for you to mount and practicing natural horsemanship.


A true story.
About a month ago, a man called me to see if I would work with his horse and get him ready to sell He said the horse had a lot of issues and wasn't safe to ride...The man also said he really liked the horse and was attached to him but he had to sell him. So I asked why he had to sell him. He said he bought the horse for his wife and himself. They rode him a lot but the horse was always uncomfortable and scared of everything. He had problems mounting, dismounting, speed control and many other things. 
So he would try to correct the issues himself.
He learned some horsemanship techniques to try but didn't really know what he was doing. 
So anyway, they keep riding him even though the horse was not safe to ride.
One day houtis wife was trying to mount the horse and when she went to throw her leg over, the horse spooked and she fell to the ground, hitting her head on a rock. 
The lady later died..

A sad but true story.

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