by Meagan DeLisle
As I dropped my irons for the first time in November, I made a mental note to look up just who thought it would be a good idea to make No Stirrup November a thing. It was a crisp, fall day and Joey was definitely feeling the chill as he shot his head as high in the air as he could. I thought of a million reasons why I could opt out of participating: I need to be able to walk tomorrow, Joey may not be the most reliable stirrupless mount, God gave us stirrups for a reason….but, none of my excuses could outweigh the results of this dreaded month so I sucked it up and started trotting.
It’s easy to overdo it too much in one day and you should transition into this painful month with ease or else you’re not going to be able to participate to the fullest extent. The best thing to do is to have a plan for the month that you feel is something you can follow, while pushing yourself just the right amount.
Make it through the rest of the month and suddenly you’re going to feel up to a bareback puissance…..maybe.