Monday, September 27, 2010

Somebody stole my stirrups!

Something looks wrong with my saddle...

English saddle without stirrups

Hey!  Where did my stirrups go?

Don't look at me.  I didn't take them.

My horse

They're not in my trainer's car...

Found 'em!

English stirrups

Yep, my trainer finally took my stirrups away from me, about halfway through today's lesson.  Of course once I realized she'd hidden them somewhere on the premises while I was still riding, it took me about two minutes to find them.  I still plan to be good and ride without stirrups, though, so when she reads this and finds out that I know where they are, she doesn't need to take them home with her after all. Ahem.

She said to be nice to her on my blog, and that if I say she's mean she's going to tell everyone how bad a rider I am how necessary this was.  She also said I need to be more positive, so instead of complaining about how I'm never going to learn to do this right, I'll look forward to earning my stirrups back by the time I'm 50.

My legs are a bit sore tonight, especially since I rode for a bit longer after the lesson ended.  I plan on riding some more tomorrow, and with any luck we'll be swimming again on Wednesday.  My legs are sure going to be sore by the end of the week!



At September 28, 2010 at 2:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riding without stirrups is a great way to improve almost everything about your riding - but you're right about the leg pain until you get used to it!

At September 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM, Blogger Sydney_bitless said...

Way to go! Riding without stirrups is next to bareback, the best way to fix riding issues related to relying on tack for balance.

At September 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, my legs are a little sore today but not too bad. I guess my goal today should be to make them really hurt! At least then I'll know I'm getting somewhere! LOL

Sydney, it's funny, my trainer says she thinks bareback is easier than in a saddle without stirrups. I certainly think it's easier on your legs, but Panama is so narrow, the width of the saddle gives me some added security. I think a good compromise would be a nice bareback pad... One of these days I'll have to get one!


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