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post #1 of 11 Old 07-04-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping with no stirrups?

Is jumping with no stirrups supposed to be hard?

Today I had my second lesson at the new barn and going over a line I lost a stirrup and then went over a 3rd jump and it didn't affect my balance or two point at all, is that normal? I kept me leg in the position because we were almost galloping to get 6 strides and I didn't have time to get the stirrup... But anyways is it just because I left my leg in the position or did the horse do something to help my balance?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-04-2011, 09:57 PM
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I don't find it hard to jump with just one. I've never tried it without any, so I can't comment on that.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-04-2011, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Haha ok thanks

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it is very diferent to jump with one sturrup that with pout, with one you have more balance and you can do it with less effort sice you have one to suport urself.
With outs stirrups os diferent and harder not to balance but to stand in 2 points I do it ocassionally as an exercise to improve my leg strenght. It is harder on ur muscles and tiering after a while.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-04-2011, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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It felt like I only had one stirrup because my other foot has slipped through the stirrup when the horse tripped in a corner and yes my heels were down but the stirrups were like 2mm too long so it didn't work well haha, also I'm going to be doing some bareback jumping in a lesson soon, any tips?

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I mean it felt like I had no stirrups

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yep keep your legs in the same potition like when you have stirrups, a lot of people usually make their legs to far back. Good luck!
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For jumping bareback, like the person above said, don't allow your lower leg to swing back. This will cause you to fall forward and lean on the horse's neck, both making it harder for the horse to jump and making your seat a lot less secure.
Stretch your legs down long when you are bareback, as this will make you more secure, and make sure you keep your seat through balance, and not grip. Without a saddle horses are usually a lot more sensitive and if you grip, the horse might think you're asking it to go forward. Also, gripping makes it harder to keep your balance.
Keep your heels firmly down all the time, this is the key to preventing your leg from swinging back and keeping a good position.
Maybe you could practice jumping without stirrups a bit before trying bareback, if you haven't already? That would be the best way to prepare, because it's basiclly the same thing only bareback, obviously, is slightly more difficult.
Anyway, good luck, jumping bareback is a lot of fun when you get the hang of it :)

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Haha I do bareback lots, never jumped bareback but I've cantered and galloped and been on bolting horses and spooking horses bareback so my balanceip is ok

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I actually find that jumping with no stirrups is a lot easier than with only one! I can do it, and have done it. In fact I have done both, in competition, and ended up coming off but that was after 3 or 4 jumps and a VERY awkward turn.

Drop a stirrup when you're sitting the trot, it won't be a problem. Drop a stirrup while you're posting and see how you cope! You aren't allowed to grab the front of the saddle, by the way, unless you're about to fall off.
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