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post #1 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Stirrupless - A Necessary Evil

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!
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 03:22 PM
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Just be glad your trainer wasn't like mine! Two months before finals, ALL we did was stirrupless - hacking, courses, gymnastics, dressage, you name it! Not a single lesson was with stirrups.

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post #3 of 17 Old 07-24-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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I've heard horror stories about instructors taking the leathers and irons right off the saddle. I'm expecting that next time! Lol It actually might not be a bad idea, my feet were hitting them today.
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Oh yes! I always did when I knew there'd be absolutely no stirrups. Another thing to do is cross them over the front of your saddle. But you have to move the buckle down before doing so, or the buckle will hurt your legs!

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Well welcome to my world! My coach not only removes the irons, she removes my spurs and balances them on the top of my foot, so I will keep my toes up, brutal but effective.
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when I read these threads I sometimes think i'm the only rider that practices self induced stirrup-less torture, lol. Pretty much every time I ride i've got my stirrups crossed over the horse's withers for at least a third of the time i'm riding.

Self abuse or am I just my own drill sergeant? Lol!
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Funny to see this thread. Very timely. I also saw some pics of myself I didn't like and did self induced torture this week. I'm hell bent on having a better seat at my next show, and no stirrups was at the top of the list. I can't feel my inner thighs anymore, but I'm already feeling deeper in the saddle and ready to show off my new seat. At least your trainer is doing it to everyone so you can all share the pain.

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I will self induce this torture (not the spurs on the top of feet, no one to retrieve them, lol) in the winter because there's not much else you can do but trot a little in 2 feet of snow. I slack off in the better conditions because I know I will get my due work out at lessons.
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when I read these threads I sometimes think i'm the only rider that practices self induced stirrup-less torture, lol. Pretty much every time I ride i've got my stirrups crossed over the horse's withers for at least a third of the time i'm riding.

Self abuse or am I just my own drill sergeant? Lol!

You're not alone. I try and ride stirrupless at least once a week :)

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The amount of no stirrup work I did in my junior career was outstanding haha...I could have crushed a watermelon with my legs. I rode 2 - 3 times a week without stirrups. One summer my trainer left for a week and before she left, took all of the leathers/irons off every saddle and locked them in the trailer. I was in tears by the end of the week haha.
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