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post #1 of 16 Old 12-06-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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No stirrups

So I'm going to try to start doing some no stirrups work. I did half of my lesson today with no stirrups, including posting the trot, which I've never done before and never even understood, on Pony, of all horses, with his tiny trot. So yay!

But here is my problem. I couldn't find anywhere to put the stirrups. I put them on my legs and they fell off. I put them in front of my legs on the saddle and they tried to wedge underneath my legs. I can't put them on Pony's shoulders -- that heavy clanking would be terrible. I ended up just taking them off, which was great, until it was time to do some more advanced stuff (OK, actually my legs were about to fall off, but no one told you that) and I needed to put them back on. So get off the pony, find the stirrups, put them on. It was a pain. I don't really want to do that again either.

So, what should I do to keep the stirrups out of the way when I'm doing no stirrup work?
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-06-2019, 02:32 PM
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If your saddle is Western, I just leave the stirrups to bang and clank. If your saddle is English, I cross the stirrups in front of me.

Funny, in Florida, I was thinking we should make it "no stirrup December" rather than November. It was 32 this morning, and I did quite a lot of my trail ride with no stirrups because my feet get so cold. I take my feet out of the stirrups and rotate them and move them around and keep them from getting too numb that way. And I just let them bang and hang. In fact, sometimes I tap them with my feet in rhythm to the horse's walk to move my feet and keep the circulation going.
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-06-2019, 03:01 PM
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I've always just crossed them over. If you're really having trouble, you could always tie 'em up with twine (I've done it lol). They even sell stirrup keepers for this reason! But crossing them over usually works.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-06-2019, 03:08 PM
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Cross them. Pull the leathers out a bit and twist it so it folds flatter under your leg and across their neck.
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Maybe I'm just crossing them wrong, but they always just end up flopping around and in the way. I like the idea of tying them -- it's worth a try at least. Taking them off and putting them back on was more than I would want to do each lesson. It doesn't help that my stirrup leathers are really really thick, so getting them in the right spot is tough. Oh well, boo hoo for me.
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I agree with ApuetsoT, pull the buckle down a few inches so the leather lies flat, cross the stirrups over in front of the saddle. They shouldn't clank at all as they are not touching each other.
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-06-2019, 03:23 PM
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I leave them dangling, western or English.
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I agree with ApuetsoT, pull the buckle down a few inches so the leather lies flat, cross the stirrups over in front of the saddle. They shouldn't clank at all as they are not touching each other.
Alrighty, I need to figure this out. I will pull the buckle down and see if that makes a difference. Thanks!
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-06-2019, 03:43 PM
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I ride without stirrups pretty often, so good for you for wanting to keep up with it even though it is so hard and tiring. It is such a great exercise. When I ride Western, I just let them hang, and when I ride English, I will sometimes do the same unless it gets uncomfortable. So I typically use bailing twine to tie them in front of me. The reason I use bailing twine is because it is so easy to tie, and it is basically the most commonly seen thing at a ranch (; . I hope this helped. Enjoy!
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-06-2019, 04:39 PM
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I let mine dangle as well. Unless I plan on riding the entire time without then i take them off.
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