Is there any disadvantage to riding western without stirrups?
I had a lesson today and was trying out a new saddle on my lease horse. Well, I am only 5 feet tall and yes... you guessed it... the stirrups were too long. I kept losing them and started to become pre-occupied with keeping my feet in the stirrups. I started becoming a tiny bit agitated and distracted, and of course so did my horse. I told my instructor I was going to ride without stirrups. Literally everything took a complete 180 degree turn around. I began to focus on my balance and control, my horse started listening to my cues for the first time on the whole lesson. It was actually the best lesson we've had together .
I don't ever really want to ride with stirrups again. I have lost my stirrups in other lessons during a trot, I would just ignore it and keep riding until I stopped my horse and put my feet back in them again.
Any thoughts? Does anyone else ride without stirrups? I don't want to start riding bareback or w/a bareback pad bc I have heard a saddle distributes a riders weight better on the horse.
Thanks... That's all :)