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    01-05-2012, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
It's surprisingly nice (on reliable horse of course). We started doing it already on 4th or 5th lesson. Helps tremendously to feel the horse movement and when it about to leave the ground.
It would really help you to understands distances as well.
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    01-05-2012, 10:41 PM
Some days I am happy to have a green horse and all I have to do is ride stirrupless (or with one stirrup).

I remember these exercises all to well. When I took group lessons as a kid we also played musical horses during these exercises so you learned how to ride each mount without hands, stirrups or sight. It really taught you judgement of stride on any horse.

I still credit the trainer who had me do this for the rider I am today. Even if in my younger days I cursed her name after an hour without stirrups.
    01-09-2012, 01:47 PM
I've jumped with one stirrup tons of times! ...just not necessarily on purpose.

In all seriousness, I do remember a lot of lessons with no stirrups, bareback, airplane arms, etc. Unfortunately I wouldn't trust any of the horses I ride with that right now. I tried airplane arms while bareback on the flat with my favorite horse not too long ago... I trust him so much, but even he went, "Oh cool! No reins! Let's go!"
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    01-10-2012, 01:11 PM
Haha, been there! Maybe it's not extremely common, but I sure had to do it! Another thing my dressage instructor did on pretty much a daily basis was to replace the reins with a fishing line (I think it was a fishing line...). That way if we would haul back or be too pronounced with our hands, the line would break. We REALLY learned to ride from our seat and legs!

Take it as a compliment, your instructor wouldn't tell you to do that unless she had extreme confidence in you!

Good job!
    01-10-2012, 01:16 PM
Originally Posted by heymckate    
I've jumped with one stirrup tons of times! ...just not necessarily on purpose.
Bwahaha, love when that happens!
    01-10-2012, 01:37 PM
I have jumped with no reins, no stirrups, or bareback.. I couldn't even imagine jumping with my eyes closed! Don't know a horse I trust enough for that one..
    02-16-2012, 03:32 PM
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We use to go up a jumping lane without stirrups and have to take our jackets off and hang it on the end post of the lane. Next time we would have to put or jackets on whilst going down the lane.

Also we would mess around and ride the school ponies up the lane whilst standing on their backs or sitting on them backwards. We made sure the instructors were never around at that point!
    02-16-2012, 04:45 PM
Ive done lots of the no hands and no stirrups, and bareback jumping, but never eyes closed. I often had longe-line lessons so I had no reins and the horse was controlled and we would focus on feeling the horse jump. Its an AMAZING exercise for anyone who jumps ahead, ducks/leans on the neck, or supports with the neck. Its a great exercise for everyone though, because some may not even know theyre doing these bad habits!!
    02-26-2012, 06:40 PM
I jump bareback with no hands all the time. I love it! Tried it on a 4yr. Old i'm training....lol. It actually went well, I was very surprised my form froze in the right place.

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