The first few times you get on a horse, have someone hold the horse's head so that it stands quietly. You can, and should be able to get on from the ground but a mounting block
makes it easier for you, is better for your saddle and is easier on your horse's back. If your horse is tall and your legs shorter you can drop the stirrup a few holes so that you can reach it with your toe or you can use a stirrup extender
. Don't forget to re-adjust it to proper length once mounted.
It is traditional to mount a horse from the near side. But you should be able to mount from the off side as well.
Start Safely Lead your horse
out of the stable. It is unsafe to get on a horse in a confined area with low roofs or doorways. If you are riding English
, run the stirrups down the leathers so they are hanging free.