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    10-15-2012, 05:34 AM
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Unhappy My confidence with stirrupless is non-existent

Well, let me start this off by saying that I don't have access to lessons as often as I would like due to where I live, my parents being busy dairy farmers, and not having trainers that come to you. But I DO get lessons when and where I can, the latest being a 3 day course last week.

Up until then I always went to watch the clinics because I couldn't take my horse and figured I would learn something by watching and listening anyway, and every single course they have LOADS of stirrupless work, fair enough, it's important I know... My problem??

-I can't ride stirrupless to save my life anymore... Whaaaaat? I used to ride my old mare bareback and bridleless over jumps with no problems, I can sit the trot and ride without my legs on my gelding, but as soon as I drop my stirrups... Not happening. Something happens and I really don't know what, because as far as I can tell I'm still relaxed and in my normal position, but all of a sudden my horse speeds up while I'm losing my balance in the trot and holding on for dear life while trying to get him to slow down... So I must be doing something, but I can't consciously feel what that something is!
-So, because of this happening EVERY SINGLE TIME, my confidence with stirrupless is currently 6ft under, and I'm too scared to even try cantering stirrupless because I'm worried about having to deal with the trot that always comes after canter... My gelding is an ex-racehorse, and has been off the track now for 2.5 years, and with me for nearly 2 of those years.

Just as luck would have it, we weren't asked to do any stirrupless work during the 3 days of the clinic, but during those 3 days my confidence in general really plummeted, I rode like complete and utter crap the entire time, and I ride so much better at home and I know that I do! I don't know what happened and now I feel like such a horrible owner and rider, I feel like I shouldn't be allowed to own a horse because for the first day I don't even know how many times I slammed onto my horses back and mouth unintentionally, and that is something I never do, EVER. (He will be getting a muscle release therapy session as a thankyou for not taking advantage of me within the next few weeks)

I should probably add that I have severe anxiety among other problems, just in general. I also have scoliosis and one side of my pelvis is smaller, and rotated forwards, so I'm built pretty crooked and always have been.
Bit of a rant I suppose, but any tips of building my confidence with stirrupless work? I need to do it and I know I do, but at the moment I feel like such a crap rider with my stirrups I don't even want to bother trying without them.

At the course




At home:




What the hell happened there seriously. Ugh, it's 11pm on a school night and I'm sitting here in utter disbelief about how my riding managed to go from the bottom picture (taken on the sunday) to the top pictures (taken on the monday.

Cookies to anybody who actually read all of that, everythings going wrong in every aspect horsey and non horsey right now
     
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    10-15-2012, 05:40 AM
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On the upside, my 9yo tb is an absolute saint, he saved my backside sooo many times over those 3 days, there were so many opportunities for him to take off with me hanging on around his neck and not once did he take the opportunity and run with it, every single time he came to a grinding halt and stood there patiently waiting for me to sit the hell back up and stop blubbering.
     
    10-15-2012, 05:45 AM
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Oh dear :( It's hard but we all go through those rough patches. Just keep at it and it will improve! I know exactly how you feel right now, in the past 6 months my riding skills have plummeted, so I joined a weekly group lesson, look after a horse on mondays and another on fridays. (practice makes perfect huh?;))
How far away do you have to travel for your lessons? Are you sure there aren't any trainers that will come to you? Have you looked around, put ads in papers etc?
Is there anyone that can lunge your horse whilst you're riding? That will give you an opportunity to work on your position without stirrups, without having to worry about the horse.
I don't know about anyone else but I find it easier riding bareback than riding without stirrups... maybe you could do some bareback riding to work out the hip movement in trot?
I also like to stick in the arena when my confidence is low, I feel safer inside a fence :p
     
    10-15-2012, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by ElaineLighten    
Oh dear :( It's hard but we all go through those rough patches. Just keep at it and it will improve! I know exactly how you feel right now, in the past 6 months my riding skills have plummeted, so I joined a weekly group lesson, look after a horse on mondays and another on fridays. (practice makes perfect huh?;))
How far away do you have to travel for your lessons? Are you sure there aren't any trainers that will come to you? Have you looked around, put ads in papers etc?
Is there anyone that can lunge your horse whilst you're riding? That will give you an opportunity to work on your position without stirrups, without having to worry about the horse.
I don't know about anyone else but I find it easier riding bareback than riding without stirrups... maybe you could do some bareback riding to work out the hip movement in trot?
I also like to stick in the arena when my confidence is low, I feel safer inside a fence :p
I live on a dairy farm a good 40 minutes drive away from civilisation, that's around 40km if your doing the speed limit here. Yep, I've looked at every option, I've rung people, I've put ads in the paper, on facebook, asked friends that live in town and ride, everything. It was just about a miracle I was even able to go to that clinic, I'm 17 and on a restricted license and had to tow my horse, who has only ever trucked, in on my own, in a float (it is legal here to tow on a restricted license, and you can bet your bottom dollar I was going veeeeerry slowly)... Buses were passing us uphill, dad taught me to tow the float, even though he's non-horsey, he can tow well, the first thing he said to me was "If you can't balance on top of this car at the speed you are doing around the corner, then your horse can't balance in the float" -wise words father dear

Unfortunately no, not that I know of, I have ridden for 5 years now and had to do the most part of it on my own, there is nobody around here except my family who are not particularly horsey (you know dairy cow farmers, if it don't produce money then its not worth having, and of course, horses poop money)

I might try riding bareback once Mitch has some more topline on, I have nothing to grip onto at the moment with his current post-winter lack of muscle

I have to stick to a paddock haha, it was a big enough struggle to convince my dad to get me a horse, let alone to do anything for it haha, the paddock is about the size of 2 arenas though, with decent fencing, so I'm safe enough :)
     

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