Mount and Dismount…we all have to do it eventually

Mount:
Horse will stand quietly and not move off when mounted. Style of the mount is not considered, only a smooth mount that does not pull the saddle, unbalancing the horse, or land hard in the saddle. It’s best to secure the reins in your hand and grab onto the horse’s mane, this enables the Rider to mount with less twist on the saddle. A Rider must have the reins in hand while mounting. Mavericks and Horseman may be asked to execute an offside mount or a one armed mount. A mounting block or terrain will be available for mounts. NOTE: Be prepared to mount when you approach the Judge.

  • Bridle should be on horse, reins should be in hand
  • Halter and lead should be in proper order
  • Girth/cinch should be tightened
  • Stirrups ready for the mount

Dismount:
Horse will stand quietly and not move off. Style of the dismount not considered, only a smooth dismount that does not pull the saddle or unbalance the horse. Stepping down on the ground or kicking your foot free to slide down on your hip are both proper. A rider must have the reins in hand while dismounting and the horse should not step or move off. Mavericks and Horseman may be asked to execute an offside dismount or to dismount onto an object.