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Horsey question
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steve19438    Posted 02-21-2005 at 06:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
why is the "norm" to mount and dismount a horse from the left side?


mark    Posted 02-21-2005 at 14:00:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since most folks are right handed and that's
the usual way righthanded people swing up to
sit on something ( like a fence ) it's just natural
I imagine it would be the same for mounting
horses.

I always get a horse used to being mounted
from both sides. Half a day we go forward the
other half in reverse.


screaminhollow    Posted 02-21-2005 at 12:08:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
most indiginous American natives mounted their ponies on the right side.


Donna from Mo    Posted 02-21-2005 at 07:38:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most gentle horses don't really care which side you mount from. Before I had my knee surgery, thinking I might have to use my right knee to lift me into the saddle, I tried it with my horse Blue. It made him no difference; he stood like a statue until I was on.

Cows are supposed to be milked on the right side, and I've seen some that do not like you trying to milk from the left. But the real pets never seemed to mind. My kids, and many neighborhood kids, would squat on the left side of a cow while I was on the right, and we'd milk from both sides at once.


deadcarp    Posted 02-21-2005 at 07:19:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
i saw a pro trainer on tv & boy he knew his stuff. took a jittery colt from pawing the air to standing with a blanket & cinched saddle in 1/2 hour! he'd already been up bareback. my grampa used to be good w/them. one thing he said they'll never kick if you hold their tail - when he stepped behind them, i noticed this guy did that too.


JoeK    Posted 02-21-2005 at 06:40:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Swords


Alias    Posted 02-21-2005 at 08:58:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was most impressed by the "Near side" theory.

That is to say, horses have a nearside in much the same way people are mostly right handed. And, it is a case of the man and animal complimenting each other. For, customarily, right handed people start walking by placing their left foot first. Therefor, it is a no brainer that a human would place his left foot into a stirrup and swing upward. It's a natural motion. Besides, it gave military leaders a convienent method for counting cadence. left is odd, right is even. start on the left, Hup 1....,then right ....Hup 2. Therefore, you always start with the left foot when marching.

Now, if you can find a better reason, please let me know.........gfp


Les    Posted 02-21-2005 at 07:40:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, Joe K., then why is a cow milked from the RIGHT side?


bob ny    Posted 02-21-2005 at 08:34:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
we always milked half om the right and half on the left because the hookup for the milker was every two cows


Rickstir`    Posted 02-21-2005 at 08:00:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Becuase of the way a milk bottle opens. ;>)


Carnack the Magnificent    Posted 02-21-2005 at 08:02:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
May the sewers of Rangoon back up into your breakfast cereal.


That Sir    Posted 02-21-2005 at 09:43:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
is a downright filthy thought...............


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