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post #1 of 25 Old 02-24-2011, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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two point no stirrups

UGH! My instructor had us try to do this at our lesson this week. I can walk, trot (posting too) and canter with no stirrups but i could NOT do this...not at all! First she was having us try to do it at the trot. When we couldn't do it, she had us try at the walk. I could only do it for a step or two and even then i was resting on my hands and not having them up where they should be. I know it's POSSIBLE to do this, I was just wondering how many of you could actually do it
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post #2 of 25 Old 02-24-2011, 09:16 PM
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I can.. But that's with 6 years of no stirrups lol. It is super hard! I think it might even be as hard as doing 3'6 courses without stirrups!
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post #3 of 25 Old 02-24-2011, 09:17 PM
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mark me off as being able to do anything without stirrups! i tried last night...*sigh*...needless to say i'm walking around like a bow legged cowboy today...ha ha how attractive. anyway, no advice, just wanted to give you kodos for being able to post! ;)
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post #4 of 25 Old 02-24-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Lol! I know the feeling, believe me. Here I was actually impressed that I was able to post this time around with EASE with no stirrups...yet couldn't be too impressed with myself when I totally failed at the two point. The other woman I take lessons with was telling me that her daughter had a lesson the day before and jumped a 8 jump course with no stirrups! Ahhh to be young again
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post #5 of 25 Old 02-24-2011, 09:52 PM
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I can, but it's not easy. And funnily enough, when I was doing no stirrup work all the time, I couldn't do it. Now that I rarely do no stirrup work, I can when my trainer asks. But then again, my trainer seems to think that taking stirrups away from me is cheating because my position improves and becomes steadier without stirrups. But, I have to say that my trainer can be sadistic with the no stirrups and two-point. She once had a group lesson where she had us doing a competition to see who could go the longest - the ones that quit first had to put up the other people's horses after the lesson. Let's just say you never say a more determined group of riders to keep going. :) She eventually quit after a couple of us just kept going and going.
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post #6 of 25 Old 02-24-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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yeah I'm kinda like that too, my leg is much better when I ride with no stirrups...very tight, doesn't move unless I tell it to (canter cue) but when I ride WITH stirrups my instructor is always telling me to move my leg forward and I can feel it moving around when I'm not telling it to. I would DEFINITELY fall off if I tried to go over a jump with no stirrups! One other thing I can't do, to prove it, is post a trot going over trot poles - with no stirrups. I completely lose my balance with that longer stride. My instructor just laughed at me
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post #7 of 25 Old 02-25-2011, 05:21 PM
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Two-point with only one stirrup is harder, imho.
The only problem I run into when I do no-stirrup/one-stirrup work in two-point is my knees hurt, but that's just because I already have bad knees.

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post #8 of 25 Old 02-25-2011, 06:27 PM
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Don't worry, I can't do it very well either, unless the horse is actually jumping, then the horses movement helps get me up in the first place and I just hold on with my leg. :p It takes awhile to be able to do it well, I just got the hang of posting with no stirrups and I do it pretty well I think
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post #9 of 25 Old 02-25-2011, 07:48 PM
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hmm....will have to try it. I never ride with stirrups these days as I'm just using a bareback bad, not a saddle. I'm confident with walk/trot/canter, but haven't attempted two point...mostly because I don't jump. I would think you'd just not come UP the way you do in a saddle, but only forward instead? Is that wrong?

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post #10 of 25 Old 02-25-2011, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah i gather its supposed to look exactly like a two point WITH stirrups and it takes a LOOOOOOTTTTTT of leg muscle in order to do so. I was riding today and did a lot of no stirrup stuff just trying to get my leg muscles stronger. I'm very impressed with myself that I CAN ride with no stirrups and that's just a 'mile marker' for me because when i first started riding again there is NO WAY that I could do what I am doing now. so at least I know I'm improving! I have a ways to go though, downward transition from canter to trot with no stirrups I still have a tendancy to lean forward and let my leg start coming back...then I can't get the right 'cue' to get her to slow for a walk because i'm leaning forward and end up grabbing the front of the saddle or her neck for balance as she does this fast trot
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