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    02-25-2011, 08:09 PM
  #11
Weanling
Hmm...another way to challenge myself...I will have to try it! No stirrup work can definitely be taxing when you're not used to it, and sometimes the saddle makes it more difficult...it's easier in some saddles than others (some saddles are just too slippery). AND it's easier with no saddle, than with a saddle, as long as you're confident enough bareback.

Up until this year (and I've been riding 13 years) I would get on any crazy horse, but still wasn't confident on the calmest kids horse bareback....without the saddle my legs scrunched up and I froze. This year I made myself just get over it. I said "I own a horse now, she's MINE and I'm NOT scared of her" and I just did it. I started off just at the walk with small trotting spurts, then the next day I felt gutsy and just galloped her out so that I wouldn't be scared anymore. Haven't used my saddle since that day :-D It's so nice when you hit those riding milestones isn't it?? Big thumbs up on posting w/out stirrups...I know many people who can't do that!
     
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    02-25-2011, 08:22 PM
  #12
Banned
I used to be able to although I would be VERY surprised if I still can. I still a lot of no stirrup work but I don't feel a need to lift myself in this way anymore.
     
    02-25-2011, 09:14 PM
  #13
Started
2 point with no stirrups, I can barley 2 point with them lol! I've only had about 6 lessons so far(but i've been riding 13 years) the past 2 lessons my instructor has had me do a sitting trot with no stirrups, first lessons she had me try I could only do a few strides(but I was stressing about it from the moment she said it) but the last lessons it went much better, I went around the whole indoor without loosing my balance, I don't know how i'll do a posting trot without stirrups, I still can't post correctly as it is
     
    02-25-2011, 10:45 PM
  #14
Trained
I'm going to have to whip myself back into shape for the 2011 Eventing Season! While I dispise doing stirrupless work, I know I'll have to do it.

*cringes*
     
    02-26-2011, 08:44 AM
  #15
Foal
Two point without stirrups = fail + achey legs.

I'm pretty good at posting though, simply because the horse is doing a lot of the work for me by giving me that upwards motion if you know what I mean - I just need to convert that into a rise and not a flopping around the saddle. ;D
     
    02-26-2011, 04:24 PM
  #16
Foal
It's hard. I know I'm a fail at it..but I guess I do need something to do on the flat to be able to ride as long as possible. You might want to just try it at the walk for a little bit at a time. Try 1 min intervals, then when you get that try 2 min intervals...etc. Eventually you'll get up there. Then start at different gaits. Good Luck...and now I have to remember to do this...*sigh*
     
    02-26-2011, 04:59 PM
  #17
Trained
The only issue I do have with Stirrupless work, is that it tends to teach the rider bad habits...such as finding balance in their knees. The end up gripping and pinching with their knees, and when transitioning between stirrupless to leathers...they'll continue to pinch.

So, be concious of what you are doing with your lower leg when doing this :)
     
    02-26-2011, 05:30 PM
  #18
Trained
Everyday in my warm up I post at the walk for 2 or 3 minutes and it helps my leg so much ! I also start my trot work in two point and my canter work either in two point or posting the canter. You just need to build the muscles ! I really should ride with out stirrups more though, I have never purposely ridden my 4yo with out them !
     
    02-27-2011, 02:12 PM
  #19
Weanling
Hmm...I'm a huge fan of no-stirrup work. I agree it's very different from working with stirrups, and it could cause a bad habit, but I think it does more good than bad. I've never had any issue. It's improved my balance and confidence a lot. I actually ride ALMOST exactly the same with or without a saddle...I think the only difference is that without the stirrups, my knees/toes tend to point out more....due to my wide horse quite possibly.

MIEventer is right...be conscious of where your legs are and how you're riding...but I'd say don't be TOO cautious. Don't let "It's going to ruin my position" stop you from doing it at least every now and then.
     
    02-27-2011, 08:46 PM
  #20
Weanling
Well I definitely don't feel like I pinch with my knees because what I DO notice is my lower leg is rock solid when I ride with no stirrups, it doesn't move. My knees get sore when my horse is being lazy and I am having to constantly SQUEEZE with my lower leg to get her moving more forward. I admit, I was lazy today. I didn't really even feel like going riding. I have pushed myself the last two times I rode to do no stirrup stuff. My legs were sore, I was tired from not sleeping good last night, I didn't get out to the barn until the middle of the day so it was HOT when I got out there. The best I could 'challenge' myself was to ride without a crop. It's so much easier to get her 'attention' when I first start riding to get her moving forward and round, just tap her a couple times here and there with the crop behind my leg and she's going. Otherwise, you gotta use LEG to get her going and keep her going. So, I rode with no crop and my legs still got a work out. I see I am scheduled for a private lesson rather than a semi private (usually ride with one other student) on wednesday...which means the trainer will be focusing on ME and I'll get a serious workout...ugh
     

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