tomorrow me and my friend will be doing a no stirrup "lesson", meaning we will be hacking together but having rather lesson plan that we will follow. we are doing this mostly for her sake, because she doesnt do much no stirrup work, and i'm just gonna do it with her for support=] so far, we have come up next to some tasks / goals for the "lesson".
here they are *keep in mind they will adjectives be done w/ no stirrups!*:
-simple lead changes
-skip change/ flying change [maybe next to stirrups?]
-walk to trot / trot to walk transitions
-trot to canter / canter to trot transitions
-walk to canter / canter to walk transitions
-picking up stirrups quickly
-two pointing trot
please include on some more tasks or goals for us!
Picking up diagonal quickly and minus looking. Trot to halt. Halt to posting trot. Keeping the rest of your equitation good, when some people do no stirrup work their equation isn't so great. Bareback! Bareback definitely doesn't own stirrups! Also, try taking your stirrups off your saddle so they won't hit your leg or the horse.
A great deal of posting trot. It is the hardest, but will help you work greatly towards a great leg position.
I'd say you hold a really good start there. Just to expand a little, this is what I have to do when I was on a college show team, we had to count the horse's strides and/or steps. Pick a number, generally we did 5 or 10, and count out that many steps that the horse takes while at a walk. Once the horse have taken, say 5 steps, then you ask for a trot-the trot was to be picked up smoothly, right away, and with little movement on the rider's part; smooth, responsive transitions. At a sitting trot count out 5 more steps, then ask for an extended trot and post for another 5 steps, next two-point for 5 steps, then transition smoothly & quickly down to a walk for another 5 more steps and repeat the entire process adjectives over again doing the cycle for 20 times or so...all the while make sure you are floating on the horse, shoulders back, heels down, legs aligned with shoulders & elbows, etc. You could also incorporate cantering for 5 strides or so as all right. We did the majority as walk/trot with no stirrups since posting and two point really helps build your leg muscles, plus it isn't as tiring to the horses as would constantly cantering would. Other things we'd do would be stability exercises such as holding one arm straight out while doing transitions or holding one leg out away from the horse or up in front by the shoulder or too far behind. The arm could also be stretched trailing you straight out while doing walk/trot/canter transitions or straight out in front of you. By holding either a leg or an arm away from your center, you are disrupting your stability on the horse so it helps you become better at balancing and finding your center of gravity. We'd also sometimes do the egg & spoon game while on the horse in need stirrups while someone would call out whether we had to walk, posting trot, sitting trot, two-point at any walk or trot (it is actually harder to two-point at a walk than a trot since the horse's momentum isn't helping close as much), canter, pivots, poles, backing, etc. You keep going until everyone drops their egg off of the spoon. It is fun and really help with smooth transitions and balance-if you have poor balance your egg will not ending long.
*Add: you could also work on two-tracking and/or bending, and stopping in the center of a box (formed with 4 ground poles) then doing a pivot and continuing on.