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    10-13-2013, 05:18 PM
ankles hurt while riding

I am just back into riding after about 6 years and back into English riding from close to 30 years ago. My ankles really hurt when they are in the stirrups and worse with the stirrups shorter. Today I rode with shorter stirrups and my seat and posting was much better but it was so painful. Is there any exercises that could help?
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    10-13-2013, 07:51 PM
I am interested to hear as well. I've been doing trails in an Aussie with English irons and my ankles are killing me by the end.

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    10-13-2013, 08:59 PM
Mine always do, and today something possessed me to shorten my stirrups by two holes, and suprisingly it didn't hurt any more than usual. I trail ride mostly, so I'll drop my feet out of the stirrups when the going is easy. I know some people who have padded stirrups that swivel or some such, and they swear by them. Although their stirrups are not proper length, so I'd be curious to know how they really work. I've noticed the more I ride the better it gets, and those summers where I only rode a few times I was reluctant to ride again because it hurt so much. I think the best excersize would be to ride through it, making sure to stretch them out or take little breaks would probably help, too.
    10-13-2013, 09:09 PM
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Might just be you are old... :(

Try doing some excersizes on your steps, stand with thMy ball of your feet on the step and let your heels drop. Hold it like that as long as you can and do it every day..... Might help some...

My right ankle always hurts when I ride and then it hurts at night afterwards... I think it's a crickety old ankle....
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    10-13-2013, 09:24 PM
Sounds miserable. Would elastic ankle supports help? I know for trail riding I use the wider trail stirrups and try and keep my legs loose. But you can't do that in the show ring. I hope you find a solution soon.
It would be difficult to enjoy the ride if you are in pain. But then I am a senior woosie-pants, so there you are.
    10-13-2013, 09:49 PM
I ride an endurance trail saddle with padded stirrups not sure if you can pad English stirrups. I had very weak ankles when I started doing yoga years ago any of the balancing yoga poses will add strength to your ankles
    10-13-2013, 10:00 PM
Maybe you could invest in a pair of stirrup irons with offset eyes. They allow the stirrup to lie perpendicular to the horse so that way you do not have to twist the stirrup leathers which will put less stress on your ankles. I've attached a photo for you. Hope this helps.
    10-13-2013, 10:28 PM
If this photo is accurate (nothing on the inside edge of the stirrup) that is dangerous. If you are trail riding, and it catches on a branch or something, you could have a problem. I know the Peacock fillis have a rubber band that will give way in an emergency, and that's cool, but at least the side is closed.
    10-14-2013, 09:05 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
if this photo is accurate (nothing on the inside edge of the stirrup) that is dangerous. If you are trail riding, and it catches on a branch or something, you could have a problem. I know the Peacock fillis have a rubber band that will give way in an emergency, and that's cool, but at least the side is closed.
Yes I noticed that too which is why I posted the second photo. They have ones which come enclosed
    10-14-2013, 11:00 AM
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I sometimes have this problem if I'm riding at just a walk for an extended period of time. Nothing bad, but it's uncomfortable. I've heard that jointed irons might help, and I'm considering giving those a try...

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