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how do you stay on when you lose your stirrup?

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        10-02-2013, 12:31 AM
      #11
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by puphorse    
    I'm not usually nervous, but I think I do fall forward. Normally I fall off at the trot and I end up bouncing out.
    Hmm yeah it sounds like the "up" motion of the trot puts you off balance because as others have alluded to.. you haven't gotten the balance yet.

    Easiest way to do that? Warm up at the walk without stirrups. Cross them over your horse's neck and do circles, figures, transition from walk to halt.

    Riding bareback is fine too, but it's a different position than being in a saddle.

    But both are helpful ways to improve your overall balance. As is working on your core.
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        10-02-2013, 12:32 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    It almost sounds as if you're standing on your stirrups or relying on them more than you should be if losing one makes you fall forward. Your seat shouldn't change when you have lost a stirrup. I'd work on getting it that solid if I was you.

    Like others have said it's a combo of balance, position, confidence etc. Practicing riding without stirrups when you want to will be priceless...there's no real way to learn or practice this at home (unless you have horses there), as it's kinda like telling someone how to dance...you've got to be doing it to understand and get the feel.

    In english riding much time is spent schooling without stipprups at all gates. When I was a teen I taught myself how to jump bareback before I even learned how to jump with a saddle (not something I would recommend but I thought I was invincible and it seemed natural.) You'll notice show jumpers, even olympic caliber riders lose a stirrup now and again and often have to continue jumping without one if they can't get it back easily.

    The idea is to be able to ride at any gait and through whatever you do one horseback without them if need be.
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        10-02-2013, 12:44 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    PS I want to share one more thing, you can only learn this kind of balance and get a strong seat when you're relaxed. It's amazing how many new Western riders think that holding the horn it a safety net when in reality, you can't hold yourslef on with your hands, you have to relax and balance yourself and make sure your center of gravity is over the horse's center of gravity if that makes sense.
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        10-02-2013, 02:33 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Balance. Keep your weight in your heels and you'll stay on with or without stirrups. It takes time and confidence.
         
        10-02-2013, 03:33 AM
      #15
    Trained
    No stirrup work and riding bareback will do wonders for you.

    Relax. Stretch your leg down. If you grip, you'll fall. Move with the horse. If you choose to ride bareback, tie a lead rope around the horse's neck as a "just in case" and ride with one hand until you develop a seat. That's what I did.

    Honestly, I learned fast. I barrel race and season my mare at gymkhanas. She's hard to ride. First time I let her really run full out I lost a stirrup and it was all I could do not to die, lol.

    But then I get into situations like this, a trainwreck from the beginning:

    Wrong lead, down pole, both stirrups gone.

    Selena Poles 9 14 13 - YouTube

    And it's either hold on and try to steer or fall off...and falling off isn't an option for me...lol!
         
        10-02-2013, 06:38 AM
      #16
    Banned
    If a horse is broncing and you lose a styrup you can much more easily fall of, its normal to feel scared when you do if your horse is being psycho. Make sure you have a good calm horse to practice stirrup less work.
         
        10-02-2013, 08:43 AM
      #17
    Started
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    Originally Posted by Ima Free Spirit    
    If a horse is broncing and you lose a styrup you can much more easily fall of, its normal to feel scared when you do if your horse is being psycho. Make sure you have a good calm horse to practice stirrup less work.
    From these posts I haven't gathered that the horse is being "psycho" at all- just that the rider needs to work on her seat so she can learn to sit deep and move with the horse. Someone new to the feel of riding does need a quiet mount during the learning process before they move on to the more challenging horses, but I don't think it's the case here.
         
        10-02-2013, 06:50 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    You are "riding the saddle and not the horse" if you come off when you lose stirrup.

    You should be riding more with your crotch than legs in other words. I would guess you don't really feel the rhythm of the horse under you either.

    Heels need to be down, and only the tip of boot should be visible if you look down past your kneecap. Shoulders and back of ear should line up so that if I hit you with a 2x4? I would connect ears/shoulder/hip/heel with the board.

    Keeping correct posture/seat enables you to feel the balance you need.

    If however, you don't get this figured out? You will never progress any further than a beginner level.
         
        10-03-2013, 06:28 AM
      #19
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuckDodgers    
    From these posts I haven't gathered that the horse is being "psycho" at all- just that the rider needs to work on her seat so she can learn to sit deep and move with the horse. Someone new to the feel of riding does need a quiet mount during the learning process before they move on to the more challenging horses, but I don't think it's the case here.
    I was just in general speaking, if a horse was to go psycho and you lost a stirrup it would be natural to feel scared that's all im saying.
         
        10-03-2013, 07:08 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    You should ride bareback.
    You'll have great balance if you do it whenever ride.
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