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post #1 of 12 Old 12-29-2009, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on no stirrups

I have made threads about this before but this is slightly different but...

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 :)
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-29-2009, 09:50 PM
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Sry, i cant think of much. You could do lots of flatwork such as sitting trot and collected canter. I do no stirrups every once in a while just to tone my legs and make me more stable.

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-29-2009, 09:51 PM
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Depending on your seat, you can do pretty much anything without stirrups that you would do with stirrups.
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-30-2009, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Depending on your seat, you can do pretty much anything without stirrups that you would do with stirrups.
That's the thing. I've mastered everything I can do with stirrups while doing no stirrups. It's just a matter of learning new things and becoming a better rider and there's nothing I can think of that would be more advance then what I already do that I am willing to try for the 1st time without having stirrups.
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Why don't you post some pix for a critique and then people can point out areas that need work and suggest different excersizes...?

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That's the thing. I've mastered everything I can do with stirrups while doing no stirrups. It's just a matter of learning new things and becoming a better rider and there's nothing I can think of that would be more advance then what I already do that I am willing to try for the 1st time without having stirrups.
Exactly.!

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Why don't you post some pix for a critique and then people can point out areas that need work and suggest different excersizes...?
My comp takes forever to post pics on here so here are some links:

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The first I must say is this. It's amazing what you are doing in the first place. Everything without stirrups. It goes to show you that we often take them for granted, when we don't actually need them in most cases.

Anyways, Why not try experimenting with different things for fun? Try a new disipline, keep yourself entertained. Like dressage, for example. Perhaps you could find access to some lunge line lessons, and start refining your position and really get a good seat, without having to worry so much about the horse.
Remember that there is always something new to learn, and you'll never really master anything in riding. There's more to it than the four gaits and getting around a jumping course, hm? ~

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The first I must say is this. It's amazing what you are doing in the first place. Everything without stirrups. It goes to show you that we often take them for granted, when we don't actually need them in most cases.

Anyways, Why not try experimenting with different things for fun? Try a new disipline, keep yourself entertained. Like dressage, for example. Perhaps you could find access to some lunge line lessons, and start refining your position and really get a good seat, without having to worry so much about the horse.
Remember that there is always something new to learn, and you'll never really master anything in riding. There's more to it than the four gaits and getting around a jumping course, hm? ~
I like the idea of trying a new disipline. Thanks!
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I feel your pain! Literally, I had tons of knee problems, was so fed up with the paid and took my stirrups off or rode bareback for about a year. I tell you, it made me a MUCH better rider. I did everything I would normally do, jumping, dressage, ect. Why don't you look into some dressage exercises? Lead changes? Shoulders in, haunches in, etc.

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