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post #11 of 16 Old 12-22-2010, 09:39 PM
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When I was taking Western lessons (I switched to English) I preferred to canter without stirrups I felt much more secure being about to wrap my legs around the barrel. It also felt more natural to me that way.
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-23-2010, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I loved it and I thought it was more comfortable. The lesson was cancelled because of the snow though. ):
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-25-2010, 09:46 PM
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I find it easier to sit the trot without stirrups because I find I can really SINK my weight into the saddle. Same with the canter. The only issue I have with the canter is that sometimes the extra grip in my leg caused my horse to speed up a tad bit, but the extra weight helped balance it a little.

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post #14 of 16 Old 12-27-2010, 02:48 PM
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I had and sometimes have the same problem, haha. As soon as you tense up without stirrups, you can't go with the motion of the horse correctly. So I guess the key is to stay chill and relaxed, and lengthen the legs with the heels down. And using your seat and legs more than the reins, because checking the horse in the mouth makes the horse tenser. I hope this was some help, but I think I just repeated what everyone else said =D
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-27-2010, 10:28 PM
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I gallop with stirrups. Once without but I fell. I was scared galloping but now looking at it, it was fun.
So I wish everyone luck bareback.
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-28-2010, 10:10 PM
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I love riding bareback, but no stirrups develops your leg just a little bit better. Cantering is way easier than trotting to me though. I like to trot over poles and stuff, as well as small jumps. You can do circles, posting, two-point, etc without stirrups too!
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