Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
INk is right. UNLESS you are already a practicing athlete in competition (like at the collegiate level) you'll have trouble learning to ride without stirrups at this stage. It's a good thing to do in every lesson, but when I taught, my students didn't kick off their stirrups until they'd been riding with me for awhile, and even then, they rode without stirrups at the walk, initially. Right now, I have a "pony club" of two 14 yo girls who help me train on the weekends. One girl has been fighting a chair seat, and I have her ride for the first hour on an English saddle without stirrups--she uses a mounting block, but still has to lay across the saddle to get on. HOWEVER, she rides my 13yo, very safe mare with a long-shanked curb bit for control. You could be hurt if you don't have the strength to stay on, and I think I'd be discouraged bc you won't be making progress as quickly as the rest of your class. I had a youth western saddle for my lessons. A youth saddle would fit you and you'd have stirrups that fit--see if they could find one for you.