I don't use stirrups when riding. Haven't used them in about 4 months due to knee problems. The first couple months I didn't mind but after this long I'm really starting to feel restricted as to what I can do and it's frustrating. I don't feel like I can accomplish my goals or advance as a rider. I did my barn's schooling show back in November and jumped in the 2'3 divison but had the jumps at 2' since I didn't have stirrups and that is considered a handicap. But while other people in my class at moving on I feel like I'm stuck.
So any suggestions on things I could do to that would safe to do no stirrups and would still help me advance in my riding?
Thanks for any ideas :)