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post #1 of 17 Old 02-09-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Stirrupless riding trouble

No matter what I try I can't seem to ride without stirrups. I've tried dropping both and dropping one at a time, and that doesn't work because I end up leaning toward the one that's dropped. Everyone tells me I have a really good seat, and I can ride bareback just fine, but I can't ride stirrupless. Why? Please help!
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-09-2013, 06:40 PM
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Cross your stirrups over the front of your saddle, then try.
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How does this make a difference?
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There are no stirrups to reach for, no temptation for your feet to fumble for them.
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can you elaborate a little more? Do you fall forward, lean to one side or just bounce around a lot? Make sure you're holding tightly through your thigh and upper calf, and try sitting deeper in your saddle and relaxing with the motion of the horse.

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I lean to one side when I lose one stirrup and I bounce and feel off balance in general.
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Is it always the same horse? I've done sitting trot, no stirrups, on a few horses that really put you to the test where as other horses it was never an issue.

Also, do you know if you're nervous or tense? Are you gripping with your legs?
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I probably am, I don't really know.
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do you get the practical horseman ? Jimmy wofford had a great article that involved no stirrup stuff. One big thing it said was to start on the long sides only. Start at the walk, when you are straight on the long side, drop your stirrups. Make sure to move your hips along with your horse. Before the short side pick them up, repeat ! Once you are comfortable at the walk try it at the sitting trot. Just start with long sides only til you are more comfortable with it =]
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I think I read that article, was it not too long ago?
I tried it, and I'm fine at the walk but it falls apart at the trot. :(
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