How do I ride canter without stirrups?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do I ride canter without stirrups?”

The last step of the canter, how to get really, really good in canter. This is obviously accelerated quickly from not being able to canter at all, and doing your first canter, to really being able to be a rockstar at canter.

So please disclaimer, there is no no stirrup work unless you’re in a very safe environment, you’re on a very quiet horse, and you feel safe to do so. Because obviously, you don’t have your security blanket. And it’s a lot easier to fall off without stirrups, than it is with it.

 

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Hey riding superstars. Today I’m gong to answer the question how do you canter? Part 4.

Okay, so the last step of the canter, how to get really, really good in canter. This is obviously accelerated quickly from not being able to canter at all, and doing your first canter, to really being able to be a rockstar at canter. So please disclaimer, there is no no stirrup work unless you’re in a very safe environment, you’re on a very quiet horse, and you feel safe to do so. Because obviously, you don’t have your security blanket. And it’s a lot easier to fall off without stirrups, than it is with it.

So obviously now, without stirrups, you can see my legs a lot longer. My leg kind of turns out, because I don’t have my stability of my stirrups to hold my leg in place. So I can use my muscles to hold my legs in place, but that’s not a good use of my muscles, because the stirrup will do that. If I had a stirrup to anchor to, my leg could of quite easily sit here, but because I don’t have a stirrup there, my leg’s just going to come out like that.

So then we’re going to canter, and it just helps you, when you’re cantering with no stirrups, to find your inner groin muscles, to stay in the saddle, to feel confident that no matter what, if you go straight, if then you turn, that you can handle what the horse does with it’s movement. If it throws you outside or inside, and it just helps you build that balance. And having balance when you’re riding a horse is something that you’ve just got to do the hours in. I have done hours and hours and hours of no stirrup work. I quite like it actually. Gives me a nice workout, rather than having to go to the gym.

But that is the accelerated, advanced version of how to get a canter really solid. Obviously you can do it without stirrups, and stay in the saddle and be able to canter nicely and fabulously. So enjoy.

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