Lol (or not really!) I don't care to be introduced to the ground at high speed!
I have been working on leg strength so I can actually succeed at jumping, and I might try this. I am wondering what my boy will think of it and whether I would stay on if he suddenly decided that the bicycle or dog or whatever was out to get him (I actually prefer not to be introduced to the ground at LOW speed -- I don't bounce anymore) ... but if he's feeling lazy one day, I think I'll give it a try.
MaryMary, it's actually extremely hard even at the walk, so don't worry about speed. I'm already seeing definition in my 44 year old thighs, and I've only done it 4 times at the walk. I LOVE this exercise. I didn't get to take pics of me doing it, but my leg is much longer than the one in the jockey pic I posted. Just put them to the top hole and go nuts.
Thanks so much for sharing this MBP! I did have my lesson student try this on Saturday. The kids runs 5 miles twice a day for cross country and she made 2 laps around my outdoor and had to sit. When I did give her irons back to her the difference from just doing that was amazing. Now to be brave enough to try myself....maybe...someday....
I did this once as a young teenager on my Morgan mare. I 'thought' the whole barn had a day off and I was free to be a jockey if I wanted. Turned out my instructor was in the mezzanine the whole time watching and killing herself laughing!
I will definitely attempt this. I so desperately want a steady, muscular leg. Thanks, MBP.
So stirrups shorter than jumping length but longer than jockey length? I would love to see a photo of this. I already have short legs so putting my stirrups up to the top hole won't do very much, if I'm visioning this correctly in my mind.
All I know is that now that we're cross-training our dressage horses by introducing them to jumping, my ankles kill me! I guess I'm used to my weight being in my seatbones and just having the stirrups as a shelf for my toes. =P