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        10-14-2008, 12:49 AM
    An old riding instructor had me drop one stirrup and post for a couple seconds and switch, I believe she had me do that so if your foot comes out of the stirrup while riding or at a show to keep posting and put my foot back in the stirrup without stopping the horse and putting my foot back in the stirrup.
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        10-14-2008, 04:28 AM
    Well, I mean, think about it, stirrups are for your feet to rest in, not to put a bunch of weight on. So if the saddle goes off balance if you take one foot out... then you aren't riding correctly anyway. It might help you focus on one leg at a time, I really don't think it'd hurt. My riding instructor used to make me do it all the time.
        10-14-2008, 04:29 AM
    It might also help you practice leg position because it's supposed to be the same with and without stirrups... good practice to drop it and pick it back up after a few seconds too. And it has to do something for your balance weather it's one stirrup or two. That's just my opinion though =P
        10-18-2008, 09:19 PM
    I would suggest to use both or none, not just one. I think I just read recently someone on here was told by a trainer to use just one during a lesson. I wouldn't having someone explain to me how that would work. Never heard, seen or asked by a trainer to do that. Maybe it's a Canadian thing:roll:
        10-21-2008, 08:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Never tried it but I also think it would throw you off balance...
        01-07-2009, 07:54 PM
    I think one stirrup would make you unbalanced. My riding instructor has me take out both at the beginning of each lesson to build muscle in my legs.
        01-08-2009, 11:32 AM
    My first instructor used to have us drop one stirrup to get used to riding without and then to pick them back up. I always found dropping both was easier than just dropping one.

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