Mount and Dismount…we all have to do it eventually
The 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.
- The bridle should be on the horse, reins should be in hand
- Halter and lead should be in proper order
- Girth/cinch should be tightened
- Stirrups ready for the mount
The horse will stand quietly and not move off. A smooth dismount that does not pull the saddle or unbalance the horse is correct. TTCC considers kicking your foot free to slide down on your hip or belly proper and safe. 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. (but the object will be stable and approximately 3×3)