No Stirrups November is something I heard of for the first time this week but apparently it has been around since 2010!
I have done a fair bit of riding without stirrups in my time – practically every lesson ever – and it really has been helpful. Not least when I lost my stirrups in a jumping class and finished the round without them.
I have never ridden Galahad without stirrups except for dropping them for a few minutes on quiet rides. To start with he was always far too spooky and although he has improved incredibly I somehow have never got around to it. No Stirrups November seems like the ideal time to start.
However, I will not be losing my stirrups for the whole month. Firstly I have to ride on the roads when I hack out and it seems like a really bad idea to have no stirrups when a car might come hurtling round the corner at any moment. Secondly, Galahad can still be spooky – usually when I am least expecting it. If I can fall off with stirrups I certainly can without! Also Galahad has barely been ridden without stirrups before and it is something that should be built up slowly.
My plan is to use this as the impetus to introduce some work without stirrups in our schooling sessions. I’ll warm up Galahad with them and lose them when he is properly settled. I know it will be beneficial for me at least!