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    10-04-2009, 03:18 PM
No stirrups...

So I have been riding for 9 years with the same instructor and every since I started she had us do no or one stirrup work each lesson. I am very grateful she has because a year ago I was diagnosed with tendentious and patella tracking disorder (which is when your knee cap does goes "off track" and grinds against the joint, very painful). And in the past month or so it has gotten worse and now I can only ride no stirrups. I only do 2 schooling shows at my barn a year and 1 away show. For our schooling shows they are going to let me be in my normal division (2' 3") but simply lower the jumps since doing no stirrups is considered a handicap. Would this be able to be done at other shows as well? I would also just love to hear any comments ya'll have about no stirrup work in general.
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    10-04-2009, 03:35 PM
I like to ride with no stirrups to warm up - so for about 15 mins at the start of my ride - it helps me loosen off and ride with a longer leg when I am schooling
    10-04-2009, 07:45 PM
No stirrup work is GREAT for you. I broke my ankle one year and had to ride all the horses with no stirrups for 6 weeks. I was SO tight by the time I was able to ride with stirrups again. It was amazing. I hope your knee starts to feel better!

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