It is a long way to the ground and as I’d recently taken a painful tumble from a hammock, I didn’t want to fall from three times as high. So I removed my shoes to get on the stationary horse, making sure I could feel where my feet were.
The stirrups aren’t stationary and are moving as you nudge your feet into them. But, I managed to pull myself into the saddle easily. There were steps and this was a relatively small horse. It does take a little power to pull yourself into the saddle on a real horse…or you need to teach the horse to kneel for you, or have a raised object you can stand on.
The horse is moving, the animal to be roped is moving and the cowboy or cowgirl is moving. It’s harder than it looks, but more fun than it looks, too. Or, at least it is on a fiberglass horse.
As long as you could do it without shoes or cowboy boots, I could see trying it again on a real horse…except it really is a long way to the ground, and again, the horse is moving. In a rodeo roping event, the horse would be running at a fast clip, and speed is important as the event is timed to the seconds.