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Why do riders generally mount from the left ?

Dear Mountie

Why do riders generally mount a horse from the left rather than the right side?,

Jody Scott

Dear Jody Scott

In the good old days, when a man carried a sword on his left hand side, custom was to avoid mounting said sharp implement at the same time as the horse, as it would leave the rider in considerable agony and regret.

Hence, the left mount.

Yours Truly

Mr Mountie

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