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post #21 of 29 Old 10-03-2013, 11:05 AM
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I lost my stirrups a lot but I've got good grip. I ride in a lot of different saddles and unless I use my own stirrups that I've punched holes in to fit my legs I end up relying on my balance. You need to work on balance but riding in riding pants or chaps/half chaps will help you grip better while you're getting your balance. I wouldn't recommend bareback unless you're more than a beginner rider because people sit too far forward and hold themselves differently than in a saddle but stirrup less work would be a good start.

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post #22 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 11:19 PM
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If you have access to an English saddle, use that, and remove the stirrups. Then have someone lunge you at a walk. Once you're comfy, put your arms out to the side. When comfy, trot, then lope. Don't rush it. It may take many sessions.

When you learn to rely on your seat, and your body's ability to follow the horse's movement, rather than relying on your saddle, then it won't matter whether the stirrups are there or not. Your stirrups are a tool, you don't want them to be the only thing between you and the dirt.
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post #23 of 29 Old 10-05-2013, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by JulieG View Post
And try riding without your stirrups when it's up to you. I do that at the walk/trot sometimes when I need to get a better feel for a horse, but it helps get you used to the feeling so you don't tense up or fall forward if you do lose them on accident.
Riding in your saddle with your feet out of the stirrups is the best thing for it if it makes you nervous or insecure. Don't do it bareback. It's not the same. You need to feel the saddle under you and learn to grip with your thighs. The principle is basically the same as bareback, but the feel and experience is different (you won't be bareback when you lose the stirrup ). If you lose just one stirrup it's much the same. Just grip with your legs. If you're walking it's pretty easy to just get the stirrup back. You can even practice it at a walk. Make sure you're horse is ok with it first. I've seen green horses panic over a loose, free swinging stirrup.
(and if it keeps you from coming out of the saddle while you learn to deal with it there's no crime in grabbing the saddle to stay on )
I actually make my grandchildren do this when they first get on. Of course they always start out grabbing the saddle the first time, but that's pretty normal for 5 or 6 year olds (not to mention many adults ) and they quickly learn to grip with their legs.
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post #24 of 29 Old 10-05-2013, 10:57 AM
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Staying on is all about balance and a deep seat as others have said. Have you seen the Centred Riding series? Centered Riding Store Sally Swift Books Videos Posters Centered Riding Symposium DVDs Signs Lapel Pins

Worth a good read of the books - haven't seen the videos but it's a great resource.

I used to ride without stirrups regularly to gain that balance and deep seat - my instructor used to insist on it. This was riding in an arena, on a lunge line, and in an English saddle. As my balance improved, the lunge line came off and I even learnt to jump a small fence without stirrups.

I haven't done much riding without them since...but when I lose a stirrup I no longer panic about it and I've not lost my seat for a while.
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post #25 of 29 Old 10-06-2013, 01:02 AM
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Ride bareback, and youll learn to develop a good seat and legs, without depending on a saddle.. If you get nervous, go on a longe line, and walk until you get more confident.
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post #26 of 29 Old 10-06-2013, 05:45 AM
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The thought "toes up" works for me too!
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post #27 of 29 Old 10-06-2013, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your advice!
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post #28 of 29 Old 10-08-2013, 06:15 PM
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Probably a good idea to try bareback. You may also want to try longer stirrups just so you can use your whole leg and not let your legs ride up if you get nervous. You shouldn't lose your balance as long as you don't rely too much on your just using your knees. If you're only using your knees, it would tend to make you pop up in the air and lose your balance. Hope this helps. I'd love to know if you solve the problem.
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post #29 of 29 Old 10-08-2013, 06:59 PM
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Start riding and dropping one stirrup , try and find it without looking , walking... Then when you feel ready try it trotting then cantering.. soon you will be able to ride with no stirrups and not freak out when you lose one because you know you'll be able to find it! :)
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