Question # 324: How do you transfer the better position from riding with no stirrups into riding with them again?

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...I actually ride without them (in the saddle and bareback) quite a bit, so I don’t have any issues riding without them. But then I go back to my stirrups (mainly in dressage) and I either lose my stirrups constantly or feel like they’re way short and I start to brace/stand up in them (it’s not so much an issue when jumping because I’m in two point most of the time). Can I just do my dressage tests with no stirrups? 😂 (Kayla)

Hi Kayla!

You are certainly not alone! Many riders find it easier to sit without stirrups in Dressage, and probably quite a few riders would prefer to do their tests without them! But that is not yet allowed, unfortunately. 

The reason it can be more difficult for riders to sit well on the flat with stirrups than without is because... (Click on Question Title above (in blue) to read full answer)

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