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Reply To: Bareback Mounting

Mapale Mapale
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Back in my childhood when I rarely rode with a saddle (I’d get caught sneaking out of chores if I stopped to saddle my horse) I would stand the the side of the horse, then jump up, boosting my body flat on the horse’s back (my stomach to her spine), grab the offside mane, and then swing my leg over. That worked even when I was just a shrimp. My brother on the other hand approached the horse running (his horse was far more sane than he was) from the left front, grabbed mane in his left hand and swung himself up and over, he also could jump up from the back, putting two hands on the croup like the ‘horse’ in gym class. Proof positive that horses are more generous with children…

Then as a teenager I had a 17.1hh TWH/thoroughbred cross that would park out (front legs go forward, rear legs stationary) until I could boost myself on. I never did that swing up thing, figured I’d probably just swing on over and land on the other side.

Nowadays (some forty years later) I never ride bareback, and studiously use a mounting block even on short horses – to spare their backs and mine.

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