Pat yourselves on the back, Horse Nation — December 1 never looked so good, and by “good” we mean strong, with a well-developed leg, independent seat and core of steel.
No-Stirrup November has its critics, and we understand why. Without a good game plan and just a desire to yank the stirrups off the saddle, it’s easy to get into trouble, from a sore-backed horse to a bad experience to even falling off (not that we don’t fall off all the time anyway, but you know what we mean).
But when you do No-Stirrup November right, the rewards can be truly amazing. Check out some of the social media highlights from the conclusion of #NoStirrupNovember, from the new heights we reached…
Argh because the weather is being rude and raining, yesterday was probably my last ride this month! Woohoo! Survived the whole month without stirrups on Casper. I'm definitely going to gallop Casper more (with stirrups next time though ????) because he loves it so much! He feels like he is going much faster than he looks. He did nearly beat Scooby (ex race horse) in a few races though!
…to even the youngest among us learning the benefits:
There are only a few days left of #nostirrupnovember and we are willing to bet the #HeartlandEQ riders are excited to hear that ???? They have improved so much over the last month and we are so proud of them! You have to suffer if you want nice strong legs ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? #horse #horses #horsebackriding #horsesofinstagram #halfhalt #trot #ridinglessons #whitby #brooklin #oshawa #ashburn #durhamregion #stirrups
There were some moments of self-doubt:
— ★☆Nicole Griffin★☆ (@TruTXAngel) November 26, 2017
I've been ruined by #nostirrupnovember ????
— Claudia McDougall (@cj_mcdougall) November 20, 2017
Last ride of #nostirrupNovember and I’m thanking god that November is over:)
— Anna☁️ (@draft_horse_gil) November 30, 2017
But for most of us, those crossed leathers were a badge of honor that we wore proudly…
…except for those of us who took them off completely.
We made it another year — we’re another year stronger, wiser, and more ready than ever to be the best riders our horses deserve.
Enjoy those stirrups… and go riding!