I was watching a lesson today and the girls legs were all over the place so the instructor tied her stirrups to her girth with bailer twine and it really worked! When he took the twine away they stayed put. Opinions? Posted via Mobile Device
Yep it can work, but its quite an old school method as far as insurance goes - if the girl feel off while her stirrups were tied this is very dangerous and she could get dragged. The insurance would blow the instructor clear out of the water. I wouldn't do it, not with bailing twine.
You CAN get a product which clips the stirrups to the girth and will release in a fall though and I think these would be MUCH more appropriate in a lesson situation if the instructor does not want to be sued to hell and back should a rider have a fall.
He is very old-school, I find it easier to learn with those sort of methods.
It was a last resort and the pony was very quiet.
He was telling her about what some of the germans do to train there riders , eek! Taping riders pony tails to their saddle to keep there head up, thank goodness I don't live there, i'd be bald lol! Posted via Mobile Device
Yes the German's can be very interesting in their methods, and though they work, the insurance over here at least (may be different in Ireland but I know when I was going through my introductory coaching course, they spoke in depth about these types of methods and being HUGE no-no's due to insurance. You can get sued for everything you own and more if a student comes off when doing this. Another one is wrapping a bandage around the rider's torso and upper arms, to help train the muscles to allow the arms to remain by the rider's body. Again, if the rider comes off, you have BIG problems!!
Nope Australia is too, not as much so as the US though. Mainly in horse sports, insurance costs an absolute fortune, and you have to fill out a huge amount of paperwork if a student falls off in your care, even if that student does not appear hurt, but ends up having some kind of internal, long term injury in years to come, you can get done for that. Much better to avoid the situation and just play by the rules than risk losing everything.
I just did it the hard way :\ lots of standing in the stirrups and no-stirrup work and I rode for 2 whole months bareback due to not having a saddle that would fit the pony I was riding. I wouldn't have complained if someone had tied my stirrups to my girth, had I had a saddle on at the time!