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Re: [RC] [RC] [RC] fear of arabs, mounting - terry banister

Yes, English style dismount is safer. But I have still landed on my back in front of everyone at the finish line after a fast Desert 50 when my knees buckled on hitting the ground (tall horse, short stirrups). Now I kick both feet out, then TURN SIDEWAYS and slide down while still maintaining contact with my hip on the side of the horse :-}
Terry
"May the Horse be with you"



>From: "Barbara McCrary" <bigcreekranch@xxxxxxxxxx>
>To: "Chris Paus" <paus@xxxxxxxxxxx>, <Sundaez@xxxxxxx>, <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: [RC] [RC] fear of arabs, mounting
>Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 11:46:41 -0700
>
>I've never trashed my knee dismounting western style, but I've had my foot
>hang up in an EZride stirrup with my Ariat boots. Both stirrups and boots
>should have helped prevent this, so it must be the fact that I'm a bit too
>short and a bit too stiff to dismount smoothly. I have taught myself to
>dismount English style......it seems safer. As well, the horse I'm now
>riding used to pull away from me as soon as I had only one foot in the
>stirrup, and I would lose my balance and end up on the ground almost under
>him. He doesn't do that any more, but I still don't like taking the chance
>that I may have only one foot on the ground and something dangerous is about
>to happen.
>
>Barbara
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Chris Paus" <paus@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: <Sundaez@xxxxxxx>; <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 10:33 AM
>Subject: Re: [RC] [RC] fear of arabs, mounting
>
>
> > That's not a silly fear. I trashed my knee dismounting
> > cowboy style. Now I never will leave one foot in the
> > stirrup while dismounting. I always dismount English
> > style.
> >
> > chris
> > --- Sundaez@xxxxxxx wrote:
> >
> > > I have a silly fear...I hate mounting and
> > > dismounting. Once on board I am
> > > ok. My mare is tall so I always have to stand on
> > > something. The fear is even
> > > worse at rides...I've almost not ridden at the last
> > > minute becuse I felt I
> > > couldn't get on board. My mare does act silly when I
> > > first get on at rides...due to
> > > excitement as she isn't this way at home...she'll
> > > either do a half rear then
> > > lunge forward and might buck...but I'm used to that.
> > > I don't know why I am
> > > afraid of mounting...and dismounting even. Never had
> > > a wreck that way...plenty of
> > > other ways but not that!
> > >
> > > The other thing I am afraid of is Arabs. I have a
> > > lovely purebred Arabian
> > > mare. She came from a show barn so doesn't have any
> > > trail experience. She's not a
> > > spooky mare, has no bad habits...I've ponied her
> > > everywhere and ridden her
> > > with other horses but am so scared to take her out
> > > alone, and I know that will
> > > translate to her. I'm about ready to sell her since
> > > I can't seem to get past
> > > this. This is the second Arab I've gotten to try to
> > > make into an endurance horse
> > > and for some reason I am afraid of them. The irony
> > > is my Morgan is show bred
> > > and can run very hot, but that doesn't scare me at
> > > all. I've been told I'm a
> > > decent rider but can't get pst this "arab fear."
> > > OK...now go ahead and laugh at
> > > me!
> > >
> > > Mel
> > >
> >
> >
> > =====
> > "A good horse makes short miles," George Eliot
> >
> > Chris and Star
> >
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