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I got to ride today, no stirrups. I was showing my appy for sale, and the saddle I put on him for the buyers was too big for me, so no stirrups. We walked, trotted, cantered, backed, side-passed. I was showing off a bit, so I had him do a nice little sliding stop.

OUCH! Might be walking funny for a bit. What was I thinking?
 

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I own you No Stirrups November! Last day of November, got my last 2 totally stirrupless rides in. I took one horse out on the trails, was great! My other horse was being a twit, when I took off his halter to put on his bridle, he ran away, saddle on too! I hotfooted it after him, bridle in hand, cornered him between the paddock & barn, the brat turned & kicked at me, he got the bridle thrown at his butt, he did a bit more running around then stood there with his head down to get his beating, hehe. Anyways, his punishment was working in the fresh snow in the arena, no trails for him. Forgive the shakiness of the video, it's tricky riding English with one hand, and taping it!
On Scotty
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Heading out to the trails
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Scotty enjoys this part
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Video of me riding the brat
No Stirrups November, trot, canter - YouTube
My legs are just as strong as that horse's!
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A picture of the brat, he looks so innocent
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wow waresbear, you go girl! Horsie in that last pic looks like he's thinking, "I don't know what's gotten into her. She's gone nuts".

I'm about to take my "final" ride too and get video proof. I keep either being pressed for time or ending up out on the trails, so my no stirrup rides have been few. I will be continuing into December and probably much further on since it's accomplished so much.
 

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No 'no stirrups' for me recently. But today I did ride western with my stirrups really long.. On a horse that decided she did NOT want to walk. I rode her on 3 trails (at my job) at ~80 minutes each, so about 4 hours trotting with long stirrups. Did a little posting but mostly sat it since she's smooth (although it was annoying as he**). Needless to say, after 4 hours of it I am SO sore. :(
 

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i'm happy to say that every ride i did in November was stirrup-less. woot! sadly, due to my schedule i was forced to be a 'weekend warrior' this past month :( but i did get out to the barn both weekend days every weekend. frozen and hard footing meant mostly walking and little trotting, but my Eddie horse got ridden at least!

the rest of winter may be more stirrup-less than not, as warm bare horse back is much nicer when it's cold out than a layer of frozen leather saddle, lol.
 
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