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post #1 of 11 Old 04-07-2010, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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My Homework

Haha my trainer gave me this homework at my lesson.

1) 15 minutes of work without stirrups when I come out to ride (whimper)
2) Lots of practice weaving and circling to get ready for crazy schooling rings this show season

Wish me luck!

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-07-2010, 11:25 AM
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haha one guys at my barn had his stirrups taken away for THREE MONTHS by a clinician, who took them back to holland with him!!! haha but trust me, it help your seat a lot!! i force myself to do a ride every once in a while without stirrups, and if i clamp with my thighs they hurt like hell the next day... so i never clamp with them anymore!

ugh, the warm-up ring can be crazy!!!! i went to a hunter show once and im soooo glad i had a calm horse!!! dressage rings arent much better, practice focusing while being aware of other riders too! thats a hard part for me.....

good luck! :) haha

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-07-2010, 10:38 PM
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My old trainer used to make me do the first half or so of EVERY lesson with no stirrups, groan! It helps a lot though!
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-07-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Haha she does that already, I am not allowed to use my stirrups until I start jumping, but now I have to do it even when I am not at a lesson. Haha no slacking off for me!

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-10-2010, 08:26 PM
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I couldn't use stirrups for 5 months due to knee issues. Now I can only use stirrups once a week so I normally ride 1-3 times a week without stirrups still. But I did everything I did with stirrups without stirrups. Now whenever I'm jumping a course and have stirrups, I'm about to focus on things I need to improve on because I know that I'm secure while jumping since I know I can jump that same course without stirrups and still be fine.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-13-2010, 05:38 PM
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not fun, the majority of times i've fallen off i either didnt have strupts or i lost my styrupts. i need to improve.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-17-2010, 08:16 PM
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oohhh those no strupts.... When i was with my old trainer we would have bareback lessons.(hunter jumper) One time i was on a pony i had never jumped before and we had a bareback lesson. The pony would charge the jumps so i had to slow her down, try to stay one, coute the strides and jump.... that was so much fun lolz :)
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-18-2010, 06:11 AM
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i've jumped bareback once, but never without stirrups (the jumps were teeny though- the horse could have walked over them xD) however i LOVE riding without stirrups! My knees always hurt after riding, but they don't if I don't wear stirrups (and I don't wear my stirrups too short or anything, they are the length they are meant to be, i just have bad knees) I especially love going no stirrups and on the buckle!
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-27-2010, 06:36 PM
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*sigh* I miss no stirrup work. Yes, you heard that right. I never thought I'd say it...but I miss the leg and seat it gave me. I've got hip issues that I'm currently dealing with, and until those get sorted out I simply can't ride without stirrups (except for the walk and sitting trot but those don't count). I'm hoping to be able to drop my stirrups for a little each lesson by the end of the summer :)

Anyways - it'll be interesting to see how your position improves after doing a LOT of no stirrup work, lol. Have fun!

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-29-2010, 02:44 PM
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I actually enjoy riding without stirrups. Sometimes I'm able to ride better without them....which is strange sometimes....

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