we used to have no stirrup lessons.. if we can't jump without stirrups, we can't move up in height. One summer my saddle sat in the barn until a clinic, or a horse show because I only rode with a halter and leadrope. I'd do walk, trot, canter and jump clean 2'6 courses with changes and everything on my pony. So when the show came around I had complete control. I spent 3 months feeling the pony under me, so I knew everything about him. Never clicked better.. or had stronger legs for that matter lol.
Count My Strides - Shane, Bought 2-18-06, Mustang.
"I whispered to my horse, "i'm afraid of falling" and he whispered back, "i have wings".