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        11-14-2013, 03:02 PM
    Well, stirrupless riding is on a halt again, as I have done 2 trail rides... and those require stirrups as occasionally something scares him.. today for some reason he seemed to see or smell or hear something near the way home, he refused to go home... I got slightly worried, as that path has never caused problems.

    However, yesterday I worked more on sitting deep in his canter, and also 2 point for a full out gallop, and trying not to rely on my stirrups at all in trot, reminding myself that a lot :P
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        11-14-2013, 09:03 PM
    So No Stirrups November almost 1/2 way through, everyone still doing it? I am pretty acclimatized to it, it's going to feel weird to have stirrups again, lol.
        11-14-2013, 09:39 PM
    I've only been able to do it twice so far due to various circumstances, but I am absolutely hooked and will continue onto ditch the stirrups December. I can't believe how quickly it has helped tweak my position to where I can follow my horse's motion so much better. Today we glided around a jump course, hit everything perfect stride and dead straight, my position stayed quiet and I felt more comfortable up there than I have in a long time. Things are clicking so often I sound radioactive. I love no stirrups November!!
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        11-15-2013, 02:42 PM
    No pictures from during today's ride, but here's one of hunter tacked up :) unfortunately it was a short ride, thanks to cramps and rain coming in
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        11-15-2013, 04:51 PM
    Well, I've only been able to ride a handful of times, but I've not used any stirrups yet this month.

    Not sure what my schedule is going to look like in the near future. I start a new job on Wednesday () and I'm not quite sure yet what the hours are going to be like.
        11-15-2013, 05:07 PM
    Every time I have ridden I have been bareback, I am just trying to get used to it and being good bareback as I am in the saddle. :) But it still counts, yes?
        11-15-2013, 05:12 PM
    Originally Posted by amberly    
    Every time I have ridden I have been bareback, I am just trying to get used to it and being good bareback as I am in the saddle. :) But it still counts, yes?
    Hell yeah it counts. It's overkill in my book. There's no way I'm riding a TB bareback ever, so I'm only dropping the stirrups. I'm still using a saddle.
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        11-15-2013, 05:16 PM
    Are TB high spirited?
    I've only ridden Blazers and quarter horses, and they were a lot alike.
        11-15-2013, 05:18 PM
    Originally Posted by amberly    
    Are TB high spirited?
    I've only ridden Blazers and quarter horses, and they were a lot alike.
    Some are, some not at all. The reason I don't ride my TB bareback has more to do with the sensation of sitting on the thin side of a 2x4. Has nothing to do with his puppy dog personality. Even the plump ones are very painful to sit on bareback.
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        11-15-2013, 05:22 PM
    I know what you mean! One of our smaller horses is just like that, which is why I usually never die him bareback - but if I do its either a walk or straight to a lope, the trot is just too hard! Haha!

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