I saw this description right around the time when I wrote about the post about the stresses that mounting from the ground applies to your horse’s back; I simply forgot where I’d seen it. I’ve not yet tried this, but it is intriguing to read that when you become proficient at this method, you can actually mount without a girth! This seems to be a good way to make mounting a more comfortable experience for your horse.
You can find the instructions on Kaaren Jordan’s excellent web site: The Saddle Connection: Saddle Fit Education & Treeless Saddle Source. They were originally excerpted from ‘The Joy of Icelandics’ by Christine Schwartz.
2 thoughts on “Mounting a Horse Using the Icelandic Method”
Wow, thanks for the info. I’ve always felt bad while getting on my horse because I imagine it causes some pain and discomfort.
Thank god my cowhorse is short. While I agree with the information, I don’t think cowhorse shows are going to change.