Basic Horsemanship : How to Mount a Horse

Basic Horsemanship : How to Mount a Horse


We are going to mount this horse as we prepare
to go out and get our ride underway. I want to be sure that I have checked her cinch,
so I am going to step over here, pull up one more time on the strap and find it to be just
loose enough that I can get to one more hole. Making sure her equipment is ready, I am going
to take my reins up and have them short enough so that as I get on, if she were to choose
to take a step forward, I am going to have some sense of control. I then want to grab
a fairly good, large amount of her mane, enough so that I can be secure in the event that
I would ever lose my balance. If you do not have the mane and you lose your balance, there
is a good chance that you would have direct pressure to her mouth, causing her to either
want to back up or I have seen them even rear. Then I want to stand shoulder to shoulder
with her, turning my stirrup towards me. As I bring my left foot up, I get my knee bent,
create a couple of good, light hops, coming up and bringing my leg over. As she stepped
out, you could see, I was ready and had enough control that I could immediately start to
put her to that point where I felt safe and secure. Not every horse is going to stand
quietly as we mount, so we have got to prepare for the one that is going to step out. Once
I am on, after I have ridden, and I want to dismount, I have two choices. If I feel agile
enough and my horse is short enough, I might choose to keep my left foot in as I come to
the ground. But we often teach a new rider, for safety reasons, it is best if we have
both feet out of the stirrups before we slide to the ground. So I will demonstrate that
one first and then I can remount and show the other. It is a reversal of what we just
did. I am going to lay my hands down on her neck, grab a little bit of the mane, rest
my other hand on her pommel, or on the saddle, we call the pommel right here. I rise up out
of my saddle, bring my right leg over the top, lean in, both feet out, and slide down.
By doing that, I have been assured that I am never going to get my foot caught up in
that stirrup if this horse were to take a quick step away from me. The other way we
could consider, is if you were comfortable enough and had that sort of shorter horse,
little more agile step. After we have mounted, if we chose to dismount with that, where we
kept our foot in, we want to be sure that we are going to have a horse that is not going
to step off and put us into trouble. Well we would just reverse that system, coming
back down and sliding, but keeping the foot in, and then bringing it out. Those are the
two ways that I would teach how to dismount, but mounting to me should always be that where
it puts you right in line with the horse’s center of balance, as well as you have a short
enough rein, and a piece of the mane, to ensure that if this horse steps away from you as
mine did, I am always going to have that sense of security immediately when I get on.

91 thoughts on “Basic Horsemanship : How to Mount a Horse

  1. ok i have one thing to say about the video: You never slide down the saddle if you have a belt on you could damage the saddle. i always push myself away from the horse and saddle and i have been doing that since i was 11 so 10 years now.

  2. if you are in a english saddle you want to thread the reains through your index and pinky fingers. if you are riding western then put both the reins in one hand (right or left depending on what hand you are).

  3. by holding the reins it looks like the horse got kind of confused. what i do is i tie a knot in the reins, put it on the horn, and then mount. my horse stays completely still. and she's a white arabian^.^ (sorry, had to say that)

  4. Excellent videos ! I've been riding rodeo and western pleasure since I was 6 and I've incorporated some of her techniques in my training as well. Keep up the great work and informative video sessions

  5. yeah it makes total sense, the horses that i ride do that all the time. and it doesn't matter what kind of saddle right?
    so.. where do you ride?

  6. you can use a mounting block its just so much easier and your saddle wont slid to whatever way your leaning oh and if your going bareback with or without a pad you should use a mounting block or a stool or something because you don't have stirrups!!

  7. The only problem there ralice, is that if the horse somehow feels pressure on it's mouth and reacts badly, you aren't able to release the pressure. It's great that your horse stands still for you; personally I turn the horses nose in to me so that if he's going to go anywhere, it's only going to be a circle and there's a reduced chance of a bolt or buck because they have limited forward movement with their head flexed to the inside.

  8. the knot is at the very edge of the reins, and there is a ton of slack. i used to do that, but now i just leave the reins on her neck or have someone hold her.

  9. there's no dirt hills, campgrounds, anything? you can always ride on pavement… if your horse has shoes or strong feet. thats what i have to do, i have to ride through the town to get to the 'backyard' of the town where there're fourwheeler trails and horse trails.

  10. i guess you're supposed to hop, but not like that. i was taught to put weight in the saddle, hop (without lifting my feet off the ground, just kind of bounce… ) and then mount so my horse knows to stay still.

  11. wich one were you talking to? both had ignorant comments about each other and where they learned to ride horses. one learned in a formal setting the other by on the job training if they opened their ears and shut their mouths they might realise that both had some valid points.

  12. I have a decent sized mare (about 15.2 hands tall) that likes to turn in circles while you try to mount her, but as soon as you get on, she's fine. How can I keep her from turning to prevent me or anyone else from being injured?

  13. @BlazingAva because it never learn it…and its head is always up, means that the riders hand are hard enough…

  14. i don't use equipment for riding..I don't like*it….I like natural ..and feel the horse :D..:)..beautiful animals

  15. @StrawBeriLuv95 and of course you know nothing about horses! horses have barley in there mane. thats why you always see people riding them bare back and holding onto the mane! the horse is perfectly fine with her pulling his mane it does no harm to him.

  16. AND BTW U SHOULD NEVER HAVE UR FOOT N THE STIRRUPS WHEN DISMOUNTING! IVE DONE IT IT HURTS CAUSE U SLIPS BIG OR SMALL HORSE!

  17. Why do you have everything that your going to say in text over the video? This was the stupidest thing I've ever seen, just show how to do it. You prob make powerpoints and read every single slide.

  18. Wow, I've been away from horses for too long! I grew up in an rural area on a working farm. At 7 when I got my first Horse, (I'd already been riding a pony for 2yrs), I couldn't even get on her by myself, I (or my sister already on horseback) would lead my horse next to the corral and I'd climb up and the same to get back down, until I was tall enough to jump LOL! She was a gentle girl. My how times have changed. Dangerous? yeah I guess…probably… and now… I'm a city girl ='(

  19. I'm not a rider, but I just wanted to thank you for putting this up; I had to check something for a fiction I was writing and this was the best I could find to make sure I wasn't having my character mount her horse incorrectly.

  20. Thanks for this video. I recently joined the royal cavalry here in Sweden, and I just can't get used to the horses, ironically.

  21. @Lulubell1295

    Not at all. I started riding a few months ago (I'm 19), and I can already ride decently. I have a very intense schedule on the riding and I ride "at work" so to speak, which allowed me to progress quickly, but I bet under normal circumstances you could easily catch up to where I am in half a year or so.

  22. cannot belive what some people veiws of "hurting a horse can be" i train english using natural horsemanship and combined classical,anything my friends can be used and abused were its spurs or a feather duter in the wrong hands hence why spurs english or western are not permitted for young rider and novices,western riders do not jab their horses with them they are not being abused,and i think you will fine english riders are alot more picky

  23. @Liisii09 yeah..I found that impressive too. Im glad she stepped up to the plate and set a good example πŸ™‚

  24. @fadedjeansss the problem is expert village doesnt use experts ive been riding since i was a kid nearly 20 years and i know that u dont mount a horse like that from the ground i dont prefer doing it but somethin=mes its quicker… shes holing the reins too tight making the horse think go backwards this is very dangerous wat if a kid watched this and did exactly the same and got crushed becouse of it!!! not good is it, thats our problem we want proper advise not expert village!

  25. @CowgirlMs36 English mounting is basically the same. Grab mane, and put your foot through the stirrup and swing your other leg over.

  26. This is all great, but I must say, you need to be at a more angled position when mounting. If you stand farther back, facing the horse's head, you won't be jabbing him in the gut when you get on, which is what happened here. That is also more than likely the reason the horse kept walking off.

  27. I usually take both feet out of the stirrups and swing off, I was taught that it is safer in case the horse bolts while you are dismounting

  28. Thank you my lady , i wish someday i know how to ride a horse , maybe i will come to your school πŸ™‚

  29. @charlie2big pretty much the exact same thing, really…its just easier for you and better for the horses' back.

  30. I've had such an agile horse I could let go of the reigns and swing my leg over his neck and slide off like that without him spooking. Then again, I could also ride backwards, lounge on his back in the meadow and jump on his back when he'd gallop towards me so… I think it's always just how agile your horse is… for the rest, very nice educational vid. ^^

  31. You really should mount with your left hand in the mane and right hand on the horn to prevent twisting of the spine. But it is sure easier this way…

  32. @palistine21 she hops to get momentum. Some people don't have the leg muscle to lift themselves 3ft off the ground while the animal is moving. It's not uncommon for people to hp, it's usually easier

  33. this is a very good instruction and if any one says that u will hurt the horse if u pull the mane the do NOT FEEL IT i have tried and only come back with a clump of mane the horse did not through me of at all.

  34. @trinitymiller13 in English Riding you have to wear tight pants O_O lol its ok if English is your thing, I won't fight about that XD Happy Riding!

  35. When mounting you need to keep that right hand off the cantle & grab the horn or something else in front. If the horse is the least bit frisky (or will step out) your going to lose it the moment you release your right hand on the cantle.

  36. i wear jeans when i ride english and i am from england lol most people here who ride english ride in jeans or joggie bottoms (sweat pants)… Honestly english in america seems a bit serious and from what i gather horses don't get turn out much? Well in england they are out and muddy most of the time unless being ridden which is just for fun! I usually just hack (trail ride) my horse and take him for gallops πŸ˜€

  37. You shouldn't always mount a horse like this unless someone is on the other side holding down the stirrup. It will hurt the horse if done to many times.
    I use a leg up and it works much better.

  38. This is actually a more dangerous way to mount a horse. If you're facing the horses rear when you put your foot in the stirrup, and the horse spooked forward he could easily knock you onto your back and could actually trample you if he took off just right. If you face the direction the horse is you can tip your stirrup with your left hand while holding the reins in your right. I find you're more prepared to move or escape if need be.

  39. im getting a horse sometime soon in the future and i dont know where to find a saddle like the one in this video :/ does anyone know where i could find one that isnt too much over $200.. πŸ™‚ if you have an idea please send Cierra Friscone a message on facebook or youtube! πŸ˜€ thanks

  40. your not supposed to mount a horse shoulder to shoulder. if that horse were to run off (which has happened to me) and your in the process of hopping over to mount, then it will be very unsafe for you.

  41. She's doing so many things wrong… Shoulder to shoulder, twisting stirrup, sneaking up on the horse. "Expert"Village, most of the time, talks like they know what they're talking about, but really have obviously never done it. Horses are NOT supposed to "walk out." TRAIN your horse before you even mount.

  42. I am not a professional horse trainer or anything, but the first thing my horse learned in terms of riding was to stay still while I mount. If they run off while you mount, that can be quite dangerous, not to mention will put stress on both the rider and the horse. You can't mount 'in peace', you will have the stress of needing to stop your horse before you even sit safely, which can make the horse nervous and so on.
    Shoulder to shoulder is also not the safest way to mount. But at least she was wearing a helmet. I know enough western rider who don't want to wear anything on their head, except maybe a hat. We don't allow that in our stable. It's far to dangerous.

  43. I live In a trailer but… my cousin owns two horses and I want to learn how to mount and dismount one so they would be impressed that I already know how to mount and dismount on a horse!

  44. I was taught that it can be safer to turn the horses head towards you, so when they mount if they decide to take off, you'll be spun in circles and you won't get caught and be dragged.

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