The occasional mount from the ground won’t seriously damage your horse’s back or your saddle. It’s the daily habit of mounting from the ground that will cause trouble. … It’s such an easy habit to get into, and a very humane thing to do for your horse.”
When mounting a tall horse, lengthen the stirrup leather until your foot can reach the stirrup without straining and swing into the saddle from there; once on board, return the stirrup to its regular length.
How to Get on a Horse Without a Mounting Block
Horses also understand words better than expected, according to the research, and possess “excellent memories,” allowing horses to not only recall their human friends after periods of separation, but also to remember complex, problem-solving strategies for ten years or more.
Body Language. A horses who is irritated may stomp his feet. Pawing with the front legs usually indicates boredom or stress, but some horses will do this when angry. His hind leg may be cocked or raised to indicate irritation or that he may be preparing to become aggressive and kick.
Mounting consistently from the left side puts a lot of pressure on the right side of a horse’s withers, which can cause a sore back. It also causes the muscles on either side of his body to develop differently. Training him to accept a rider from either side can help equalize this and make him more balanced.