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    04-07-2010, 07:17 AM
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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    04-07-2010, 12:25 PM
Green Broke
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! That's a hard part for me.....

Good luck! :) haha
    04-07-2010, 11:38 PM
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!
    04-07-2010, 11:41 PM
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!
    04-10-2010, 09:26 PM
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.
    04-13-2010, 06:38 PM
Not fun, the majority of times i've fallen off I either didnt have strupts or I lost my styrupts. I need to improve.
    04-17-2010, 09:16 PM
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 :)
    04-18-2010, 07:11 AM
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!
    04-27-2010, 07:36 PM
*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!
    04-29-2010, 03:44 PM
I actually enjoy riding without stirrups. Sometimes I'm able to ride better without them....which is strange sometimes....

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