After a tack malfunction, this incredible rider decides to continue on through the cross-country course - with no stirrups.
When you lose your stirrup at the canter, it can make for some pretty unsettling moments until you get it back again. But imagine tackling cross-country fences with no stirrups at all. That's just what this eventer did when she lost both stirrups mid-course.
You can see the moment when things go wrong in the video below. A jump down into water seems to break the rider's stirrup irons or leathers, and she finds herself without either stirrup throughout the rest of the water obstacle. She recovers, jumps out, and pauses to evaluate the situation.
And here's what's amazing: Upon finding that both of her stirrups are gone, this rider decides to continue on through the cross-country course.
Take a look!
This video is a beautiful example of a rider with an excellent seat and incredible leg strength. Not only does she take on the rest of the course with no stirrups, but she maintains an excellent position both on the flat and over fences. She's an effective rider and she doesn't hinder her horse at all. In fact, if you don't look closely, you'd never know that she was riding without stirrups at all.
So, the next time your riding instructor utters those dreaded words - "Drop your stirrups" - remember that there's a reason behind it. Sure, it may be painful and even torturous, but working without stirrups will make you a stronger, more effective rider in the long run. And if you ever do find yourself suddenly losing both stirrups in the middle of a course, you'll be better able to deal with the situation.
What do you think of this rider's talent? Tell us in the comments below.
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