What to do with the stirrups?

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    11-07-2009, 11:19 PM
What to do with the stirrups?

What do you do with your stirrups when you ride stirrupless? I've tried just leaving them, but Ben isn't a huge fan of swinging stirrups (he deals, but I'd rather keep him happy). On most horses I cross them over the shoulders, but he really doesn't like that.
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    11-07-2009, 11:27 PM
Not really too many other places to put them other than take them off altogether.
    11-07-2009, 11:59 PM
Yeah, I agree.

I cross them over the saddle like suggested.

Hmmm. I agree, there's not much else you can do to keep the irons from annoying your boy all together, unless you take them off entirely - but that's a pain in the ass in itself.
    11-08-2009, 12:36 AM
I take mine off ... but that's because If I don't I wuss out and use them again I have to take them off to motivate myself to ride without every now and then.
    11-08-2009, 02:00 AM
I think your only other option is to take them off, like everyone else has said. What I do personally is let them swing/dangle. I cross the stirrups over if I'm working for a longer period without stirrups, but my reins tend to get tangled in them. =P

It would be good to get him used to them dangling at his sides. My horse wasn't overly bothered by them, but I did lunge her with the saddle and the stirrups down. You could try doing that with your horse so that he gets more comfortable with them swinging.
    11-08-2009, 10:43 AM
Originally Posted by o0hawaiigirl0o    

It would be good to get him used to them dangling at his sides. My horse wasn't overly bothered by them, but I did lunge her with the saddle and the stirrups down. You could try doing that with your horse so that he gets more comfortable with them swinging.
Thanks, that sounds like a good idea :-D He's only four, so it's understandable he's a bit confused/annoyed by the stirrups.
    11-08-2009, 01:25 PM
Depends, if I'm not wearing spurs I just drop them, but the stirrup does a lot of bouncing and clinks with my spurs when I wear spurs, and it bothers ME, (my horse doesn't care, I just find the sound distracting). So I will cross them over the shoulders if its just a part of my daily routine. If I'm riding that day without stirrups I'll take them off after I get on or I'll just ride bareback ;)
    11-12-2009, 12:39 PM
If you are using Fillis or other stirrups with a heavy weighted bottom, try switching to aluminum or Prussian or other lighter weight irons. I've encountered some horses that just hated being repeatedly bumped by heavy irons but were fine with lighter ones.
    11-12-2009, 12:44 PM
I just pull them off & put them on the mounting block & if I want them back I grab them & put them back on....dont even have to get off.
    11-15-2009, 04:17 PM
Cross them over the neck just infront of the pommel right stirrup first, so the stirrup hangs either side of the neck, comfortably though.

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