I rode half my ride with stirrups and the second half without. And guess what? PJ went a whole lot better when I didn’t have my stirrups. He was forward and pushing from behind with a round back and consistent contact. What does that tell me? I suck. Seriously, it tells me I am doing something that interferes with PJ’s way of going when I have my stirrups. I’m just not sure what that is, I definitely feel like my legs are wrapped around him more and my seat is glued to his back when I don’t have stirrups. My position feels looser when I have my stirrups. It wasn’t all wine and roses, I found that I lost my balance a little when I changed bends. I did a lot of serpentines and when I changed legs so the new inside was closer to the girth and the new outside was back, I was a little unsteady until PJ changed his bend. Going around and around in the same direction and I felt strong and secure.
So now what do I do about it? Should I adjust my stirrup length? Should I ride more without stirrups? And if so, is it to get stronger or to solidify some type of muscle memory? Or is there something else I should be doing? Hmmm….Any ideas out there?