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!
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!
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.
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!
__________________________________ Forever exiled in the NW.
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.