Seen them, but never used them or seen them used. Seems like a good idea, and if I was trail riding again I would probably try it. I don't think mine or Paul's back could handle scampering up on branches or hauling myself up 16.1 hands from the ground anymore Are you going to order it?
A mounting block is much safer and easier on your horse and rider. Experienced and knowledgeable riders (keywords experienced and knowledgeable) know how to mount on a long iron and then retract it to their correct length when necessary. Not something a beginner should be doing.
Well when you're by yourself, that won't work either. lol
Plus the last time someone tried to give me a leg up, I still couldn't get up. I mount on the reconstructed knee. The knee holds for most things, but I can't get the oomph I need to get on Toby's back.
I know someone that has used them. In fact I help pick her up off the ground. I do feel you pain with the knee situation though, I have since learned to mount from the other side. BTW other than QH I also train Clydesdales that I have learn to get on from the ground. Good Luck
What do you mean you picked her up off the ground. Mounting on the off side is not an option for me, since my right knee is worse than my left and it's not stable at all. I'd blow out the one remaining ligament and have to get that darn knee replacement if I even tried.