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post #11 of 22 Old 10-15-2013, 05:34 PM
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I had this happen, a few things were wrong.

My boots (paddock) did not give me the right kind of support that I personally needed.
My stirrup leathers were old and likely too short
I wasn't putting my weight down my legs in the correct way, I was jamming my heel down.
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
My boots (paddock) did not give me the right kind of support that I personally needed.
Now that this was mentioned, I had the same issue with a pair of paddock boots. Seemed odd to me but things improved when I quit using them.

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Originally Posted by Dustbunny View Post
Now that this was mentioned, I had the same issue with a pair of paddock boots. Seemed odd to me but things improved when I quit using them.
Yep same here. I changed to field boots, and the pain was gone.

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Why do you need super short stirrups? when i learned riding i was always told that if you put your fingers on the buckle of the strap that holds the stirrups that the bottom of the stirrup should fit into your armpit all the way which leads to a long stirrup and is very comfy!
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Make sure your feet aren't trying to keep them in the stirrups or keep them turned out. On my moms saddle I had to struggle with that and my ankles hurt like crazy after riding.

Also, you might have weak ankles. I used to have weak ankles, but I ddi just some ankle exercises for a few weeks and they strengthened pretty quickly.
Just stand up on the edge of a stair and go up and down with your ankles.
Also, just take a few minutes every night rotating your ankles, stretching them in the circles. And also stretch them forward back and side to side for a few seconds. I did this and it really helped my ankles.

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I'm not sure if this will help based on your description of what is going on, but you can stretch out that joint by hanging out on the stairs. (wow, that sounds stupid even to type)

I mean, put your toes on the edge of one step, and stretch your weight downward. Other than that, I can't offer much help. Doesn't sound fun at all!
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First of all, a good pair of dress boots (not cheapo Mountain Horse things - REAL stiff dress boots with a whale bone) is going to help 80% of your issue. The other 20% can be resolved with a different type of stirrup. I am a heavy solid Fillis iron person, but I have a student who swears by her wide base stirrups and that's the way Antares has gone - and they are trendsetters.
Would be something to try. I've found the jointed stirrups to actually be tougher on my ankles than the normal Fillis irons.

What you want is to stabilize the joint and keep it from moving how you dont want - side to side. The dress boots minimize this greatly, and a more stable surface to put your toes on will as well.

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^I second the above... sort of.

While you are breaking in a pair of tall boots, your ankles are likely to hurt MORE. But it will be worth it in the end.
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post #20 of 22 Old 10-16-2013, 01:56 PM
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~*~anebel~*~ , Zexious...

Question to you both...

Would not a pair of lace up paddock boots well fitted and tied snugly give the same amount of support to the ankle?...
My paddock boots come way above my ankle joint by a few inches.
I have field boots and the feel is somewhat different in them than my paddock boots and chaps or breeches...
But my ankles are supported by the lacing appropriately tied.
Once you get above my lower leg area and the "drop" of my boots... not sure about the extra support issue of a tall boot...
I have never ridden in dress boots...
Are dress boots made so different than a field boot? I see dress boots when broken in and taken off if not having boot trees put in they "fall" over at the ankle drop area same as any other tall style boot does...confused here. please.

I happily can say I don't suffer from ankle pain while riding, but I hear the pain the poster refers to.
I do wonder if you are trying to force your ankle to drop beyond a normal range of motion acceptable to your body...not everyone is capable of having heels consistently 3+" lower than the toe... you can only do what your body can tolerate and is conformed to allow...forcing just causes pain.
Instead of shortening your stirrups have you tried lengthening 1 hole instead and taking the "loading" of the joint away and the stresses that puts on the body.
When I learned to ride so many years ago I was taught to sit astride legs hanging relaxed... have the stirrup "tap" the inside of the ankle bone and shorten to this height for correct length to your leg... and that might mean your stirrups are not both the exact same height as you might have a difference in hip height and leg length and not know it when walking.
For jumping I raise my stirrups 1 hole normally, sometimes 2 depending upon the horse.
I do ride with a difference in stirrup length flat to over-fences....

Hope you find a solution to your discomfort... being in pain sure would take some of the joy out of riding for me...
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