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    11-13-2012, 07:16 PM
No stirrup help!

I don't ride stirrupless hardly at all and I know I should but I hate it! Sitting I'm pretty much fine, but I can't post or two point stirrupless. I'm sure it looks like a big mess and I feel like I'm going to fall off. Any suggestions?
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    11-13-2012, 07:38 PM
Before going completely stirrupless, really work on keeping your lower leg rock solid and supporting your body with your lower leg- while still having stirrups.

Then, drop one. I would recommend the outside stirrup because otherwise the horse may react to your outer leg pushing him off the rail. This really helps you balance. Remember to stay tall in the saddle and to use your lower leg. Keep your toes up!

Once you think you're ready, try stirrupless a little bit, even if it is just the sitting trot since you still need to use your lower leg. Then try posting a few strides. And remember to continue posting while finding your stirrups again!!!!

There's a reason why there is a month dedicated to no stirrup work (No-Stirrup November) It helps strengthen your legs lots and keep your leg solid, which is very helpful for showing, jumping, and giving clearer cues to your horse. Let me know how it goes!!!! (This is how my trainer had me start this stuff!)
    11-15-2012, 02:14 PM
I agree with the above, I started with dropping one iron and picking it back up and doing the other side over the summer. My trainer started pulling my irons twice a week too work on my leg, I have seen a huge improvement in my over all seat and leg.
    11-15-2012, 02:17 PM
I actually preferred to drop my inside stirrup when I still rode English over my outside. But, I'm a barrel racer by nature, our weight is always in our outside stirrups.

In my limited experience I definitely agree in getting your lower leg solid. Maybe ahve someone lunge you stirrupless. My coach had me riding bareback for awhile.
    11-17-2012, 04:49 PM
When I first learned to ride we where not allowed to use stirrups at all. Because im in the household cavalry they wanted us to get our lower legs solid as soon as possible. We used to ride for 1 hour per day every day and then moved on to, two 1.5hr sessions per day. After 5 weeks we where eventually allowed to use stirrups and it makes you a much better rider in the long term.
    11-17-2012, 05:57 PM
During my lesson today, my trainer had me ride without stirrups for a bit. I hope to do it more often as I think it is so helpful, even if it is kind of difficult at first.
What is "No-stirrup November"? (sorry, I'm new to this)
    11-19-2012, 12:05 PM
Oh and if you have a trainer or a friend lounging without stirrups is a little easier. I have been doing lounging with no irons and no reins and it is a workout but well worth it.
    11-20-2012, 04:32 PM
No stirrup november is just that ;) you ride all november long, without your stirrups. Its a very nice challenge :)
    11-20-2012, 07:38 PM
When working without your stirrups you need to use your inner thigh muscles to hold yourself in place and post , just like you would when you post or two-point with your stirrups . Also , be sure to arch your back when you two-point to keep yourself from becoming roundbacked . Try lowing your stirrups a couple holes to where you can reach them if your legs are extended but not where your leg should be laying and pretend you don't have and only pick them up if you REALLY need them !

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