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"...the stirrup leathers will be the correct length when the 'tread' of the iron comes just below the ankle joint."
"I never allow a pupil to use stirrups until he has acquired a good seat at all paces...."
"In the open I ride with the leathers one hole shorter than in the school, and then obtain a better support in quick paces, especially when rising at the trot."
"You don't have to push on your stirrups to have your full weight in them any more than you need to push on the ground when you are standing."
"Shoving pressure on the stirrup is not the same as simply allowing our weight into the stirrup...."
"Releasing our weight into the stirrups lets them hang nicely under our center of gravity."
"Riding without stirrups can develop a sense of riding the horse instead of the equipment."
"Riding without stirrups may give a rider confidence that they can stay on even if they lose a stirrup or both of them."
"Riders who use upward grip often prefer riding without stirrups. Since their legs are consistently pulling upwards away from the stirrups, they lose them frequently and would just as soon do without them."