I always feel very ungraceful when mounting. As a child I was taught to stand at the shoulder facing back place your foot in the stirrup and then hop and swing around and up. Very much like the Julie Goodnight video below.
Recently I was taught this other method where you stand behind the stirrup facing the horses head and then swing up from there. That can work well but with my short arms I find it hard to reach for the mane and not grab the saddle so much.
They both have their benefits. Since Dani has done the whole moving off when I mount I haven't had much ability to really concentrate on the way I mount. This is my goal.
First I will send Dani away at a brisk pace in a circle the second she moves off while I try mounting. I'll do this by keeping a lead line on her halter bridle, looping it on the horn to get it out of the way and using it to send her in that fast circle at the right time. Julie also shows that technique and it worked quickly the one time I tried it. I just need to get consistent and always reprimand her when she is a bad girl to mount. She's not terrible, it started with the mounting block at Whispering Winds.
Then I will practice each style of mounting and figure out what works best for me. Part of it is I;m out of practice since I don't ride regularly anymore. The spring is here and so are the light in the later evenings so I've been able to do a little more.
Sometimes it's over whelming with what I want to work with Dani on. Mounting, being softer and more on the bit when asked and trailer loading. I just have to take it bit by bit. I have fun riding even if it's not perfect form or a perfect ride. Really she's a great mount and listens well and I enjoy it. The mounting and trailer need to take priority. Her stop is good, the control at the trot is great so far. I'll be getting my trailer set up so I can practice loading during the week.
But I digress. Mounting. How do you mount? Facing the front? Facing the back? Always from a step?