So after one of my trainer's students had an ungraceful fall and disqualification at a show this past weekend, my instructor has decided that she needs to make all of us suffer and do stirrupless lessons all week long. I just had mine today and good lord! My legs are not happy at all. At the end of the lesson, I kept trying to halt my horse with my knees and I couldn't even lift them up high enough to be effective, let alone put any pressure on.
BUT! I didn't collapse when I dismounted like the student before me! We are all having a great time commiserating and picking on our instructor for being a masochist. I texted her after I got home and told her that it hurt to press the pedals in my truck. She just laughed at me. She is such an apathetic person.
I think this is something I need to work on more often. I was a little disappointed in myself for being so unbalanced. My horse wasn't digging it either, he wasn't sure how to react to my lack of posture. I'd like to do some exercises that ease me into riding without stirrups that won't confuse my horse or make me feel like I'm going to sling off the saddle at any moment. Any tips?
I'm sure I will work it into my normal routine. I just need to give it a few days, maybe a week... Right now, all I can focus on is how bad my unmentionable areas hurt!