I still can't mount without a block and due to my knees not sure if I ever will be able to. My horse is a big/tall horse at 16.1. I was worried about my weight not so much now. I am at 209 currently but horses can take a lot of weight but you do have to account for the tack too. My girl is almost 1200lbs so safely she can take about 240 lbs in addition to her tack. I need to get more flexible in my joints though so that is why I took up weight lifting.