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  1. #1
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    Default No Stirrup November!

    Has anyone heard of this? A lesson barn I used to ride at did it (for the riders that could) and it always really helped my balance and confidence. After a month of jumping without stirrups on a naughty pony, not a whole lot phases you.

    I'm in for No Stirrup November this year, who else wants to join me?? You'll be a better rider by the end!



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    Oh....dear. I was hoping no one would remember this.

    I'm in!



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    I am planning on participating starting next week. I have my last event of the season this weekend.



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    They are doing it at my barn too. Where does that come from?



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    I do No-Stirrup February instead. It's the shortest month and I'm wearing more layers of padding. (;



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    My barn does this, every November....without fail (I keep hoping trainer will forget, but nope!) Also, the jumps go away and the cavaletti come out.......the circle of death, without stirrups is particularly fun (note the sarcasm)
    Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!



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    I wait until I get driven indoors around mid-December. Until then, I'm keeping my stirrups!
    Why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?
    ~ Dave Barry



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    I do my no stirrups in the spring or summer. They're just too frisky in November!



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    My sister is doing it. I invoked my amateur card.
    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep."
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    I'm doing it, or was doing it, considering how today went. I swear it is impossible to do no stirrup work on my horse, he bounces like a basketball. I'll keep trying for a week, but if it's still this bad, then nope nope nope. All the show kids/women at my barn are doing it, and my trainer and the assistant/beginner trainer are trying to work it into lessons.



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    Quote Originally Posted by IMAX View Post
    Oh....dear. I was hoping no one would remember this.

    .....



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    It's better than growing a mustache.

    I'm in. Is it no stirrups, at any time?

    I am fine in the ring, but out hacking it could go wrong at any moment, even w. stirrups.

    If you don't hear from me, you'll know what happened.
    Last edited by Hippolyta; Nov. 2, 2012 at 02:50 AM.



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    How about no chocolate November, or no sugar/carbs/whatever. But take away my stirrups?? wahhhhhhh


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    I'm in.

    But I feel like I'm somehow cheating since it will be my 27th month in row (the caveat being that I only do it on one horse). Maybe I'll up the ante for November and aim for 2 horses without stirrups a day.

    Nothing better for general "stickiness" on a horse!
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    I would so be in for it if my thighs didn't cramp up to the point of extreme pain when I ride w/o stirrups. :/ I wish they didn't cause I would do lots more non-stirrup work!

    I'll still give it a test, though.



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    Are saddles required?
    If not, isn't that called bareback?
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    I did no-stirrups for July and it helped immensely. I'm in for November in the arena. I reserve the right to use my stirrups as needed on trail rides (otherwise my feet go to sleep).



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    Quote Originally Posted by 5 View Post
    Are saddles required?
    If not, isn't that called bareback?
    Try it both ways... shocking difference! And bareback your position can go to heck real quick as it requires different contact points for survival.
    Why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?
    ~ Dave Barry



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    Up here in the frozen tundra, we do no-stirrup January. That way you can still wear your gigantic 2000 gram Thinsulate winter boots that do not fit in any stirrup made. The Michelin Man coveralls and parkas provide a little extra between you and the ground, were snow to fall off the roof, and the pony scoots a little quicker than you do.



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    I think I'm doing no-saddle, trail riding winter. Saving up for a new saddle and fitting in the spring.
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