Mounting from the ground is a skill not all riders have - but did you know mounting from the ground should be avoided whenever possible? Whether you use a mounting block, a sturdy fence, a tree stump, a hill, or even a friend with a "leg up", there are many benefits to mounting with assistance.
Did you know mounting from the ground can cause excessive wear to your saddle? Ask any saddler, and they will tell you mounting from the ground can cause uneven pressure on the tree and flocking of your saddle. To preserve and extend the life of your saddle, which is never a minor investment, it is best not to mount from the ground.
Notice your stirrup leathers are needing replaced often? Stretched out and cracked stirrup leathers can be caused by mounting from the ground too often. Use a mounting block to make your stirrup leathers last considerably longer.
While being able to mount from the ground can be a useful skill, there is zero shame in having assistance to mount. Small riders on big horses, children, older riders, riders recovering from injury, and riders with disabilities can find using a block to mount extremely useful. Even if none of the above describes you, mounting from the ground can still be more challenging or taxing for your body.
The most important reason to not mount from the ground is consideration for your horse. Mounting from the ground torques the horse's withers and causes uneven pressure on the spine and back muscles. Your horse will certainly appreciate you using assistance to mount.
I hope you will keep these benefits to proper mounting in mind next time you saddle up for your next ride.
The Info Pony