I just wanted to give a little update on my mounting block issues with Apollo. If you missed my previous posts I'll give you the basics... my old man gelding dumped me twice in the summer after bolting at the mounting block and I have always been sort of fearful at the mounting block.
I think I tried all the suggestions left in the comments from this post. (thank you thank you thank you)
The grab strap just didn't seem to work for me. I felt almost more nervous because I was overthinking where my hands were *womp womp*
But I did have a lot of success with a taller mounting block.
Enter the love of my life...
I couldn't actually find a taller mounting block at any of the local tack shops but I did find this empty garbage can at the back of the barn. I don't think I could use it outside but if I push it down into the sand footing in the indoor arena it's very secure. I can hop onto Apollo without putting a foot in the stirrup. Since my steed is a bit roly poly right now that is super helpful with saddle slipping too (when he's rounder it's easier to pull to one side when mounting, no matter how tight my girth is).
So the good news is that I have been feeling great about mounting/riding Apollo lately. He's been a little stiffer (weather-related, extra chub doesn't help) so I know the exercise is good for him.
Wish the grass was still green!
My time spent standing on the "mounting block" (or handsome garbage can, if you will) has decreased significantly too. The first time I stood up there shaking for about 5 minutes before I got on. The next time I shook for about 3 minutes. Then 2 minutes. Then I stopped shaking but still made Apollo wait patiently for a minute or two. Now I hop up after about 30 seconds tops. Thanks garbage can!
So mostly wins in the mounting block front, woohoo! :)
There was a bit a fail though that I have to confess. Coach D was really intent on getting me to take Apollo to a clinic last weekend. I could have probably scraped together the money and figured out the trailer ride. But I was kind of freaked out about mounting at the new venue. Here is my brain trying to work on the logistics:
Could I bring my garbage can?
Should I spray paint it black so it looks more legit?
Who would hold my horse if I couldn't bring it?
Should I ask my barn owner's permission? Should I buy it from them? (how weird of would that conversation be)
Should I do some aftermarket mods to the garbage can to make it heavier so I can use it outside?
I decided that I wasn't ready to go to a clinic. And honestly now I'm sort of kicking myself about it.
Anyway, mostly happy news to report! I welcome suggestions for taking my new "mounting system" on the road... :S