How to Mount a Pony

A pony is a small horse that is usually no taller than 58 inches (147 centimeters) tall [source: Britannica]. There are many different breeds of ponies, each with its own individual characteristics and temperament [source: RSPCA]. Before riding a pony you must know how to get on, or mount, it. We will now tell you how to mount a pony.

  1. Check the pony's girth before you start to mount it.
  2. Stand on the left side of the pony. Although you can mount a pony from either the right or left side, you usually mount the pony from the left side. To help reduce the strain on the pony while pulling it and mounting, a mounting block is sometimes used. The block will raise you about 18 inches (46 centimeters) off the ground and make mounting easier.
  3. Hold the reins with your left hand, and turn the left stirrup clockwise in order to bring it round toward you.
  4. Put your left foot into the stirrup while holding the reins tightly. You can pull the stirrup onto your foot with your right hand.
  5. With your right hand, get a grip on the saddle at the back and push yourself up with your right leg.
  6. Lift yourself up and swing your right leg over the saddle, removing your right hand from the back of the saddle as your leg rises.
  7. Lower yourself gently onto the saddle, while maintaining a grip on the reins.
  8. Put your right foot into the stirrup [source: Equine World].