We’re almost half-way through #NoStirrupNovember 2017 and we thought we’d check in and see how you brave souls are holding up. If you’ve been diligent in practice, the post-ride jelly legs of week one should be subsiding. The stirrup-less work is hopefully getting easier and you’re noticing an improvement in your balance and position.
Everyone works through No Stirrup November differently, whether they chuck their irons in a tack box for the month or drop them periodically throughout a ride. You’ve got to do what works best for you and your horse!
My strategy is to cross my stirrups for 10 minutes or so after a good warm-up. Because I have a young horse, I’ve been sticking to short spurts of sitting and posting trot without stirrups. I’ll also drop them during walk breaks and practice keeping my heels down. When I pick my stirrups up again, I notice I’m definitely sitting taller and straighter which helps my horse go better.
So remember, you don’t have to go the whole month without stirrups. Even a little no stirrup work goes a long way!
The Western world joins the fun, too!
Keep up the good work!