|View from the patio|
As many of you may know from past posts I had some difficulty at the mounting block with my mare Dusty. She was impossible to deal with most of the time because of her swinging her butt out, bolting and just refusing to let me get in the saddle without a fight. I’ve got to say that after years of this behavior and many different training techniques to get her to stand quiet we eventually came to an agreement and she was behaving towards the end. The difficulties we were having did make me lose confidence about getting on a horse.
I’m happy to report that Blue is a pleasure at the mounting block and stands like a rock until I’m in the saddle. My confidence and trust is returning. We had a very nice ride on Sunday and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. A perfect fall day with a great horse equals a huge smile and a satisfied happy feeling that’s hard to describe. I’m sure everyone has had this feeling too.
I thought I would include a picture of the mounting block we had built into a corner in the indoor arena. After many frustrating attempts to get on Dusty it came to a point where the mounting block I used had to be “just right” like Goldilocks and The Three Bears. “Oh, this one’s too low or this one’s too high”. I’m sure it sounds like an excuse and it most likely was at some point. So it was back to the drawing board to find the perfect height.
And, drum roll please:
|"the four step mounting block"|
|"the three step"|
When we combined them we got the perfect mounting block.
|Steps from either side and two platform heights make this good for any size horse!|
Quote for Today,
He who needs a mounting block had better not fall off in the middle of the field.