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post #11 of 19 Old 06-11-2013, 05:59 PM
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Great tips, Always best to drop your stirrups a hole at a time over a period of weeks not days so your leg learns to adjust to a new muscle memory.
It could be that you're gripping with the back of your leg and not realizing it - think like you're sinking into the horse rather than perched on top
Another thing that some people tend to do when they drop their stirrups is to pitch their weight too far forward and tilt in the saddle - which has the effect of pushing your toes down lower than your heels
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-11-2013, 08:26 PM
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I know I should ride without stirrups, but I will admit to being a wussy about that. Too skeered to fall off!
Girlfriend, surely you don't believe that stirrups keep you from capsizing? That's kinda like the guy at the bottom of the 40 foot ladder keeping the guy at the top from falling

And I've seen you ride, Tiny You are a lovely balanced rider, so maybe its all in your noggin. You can always grab the pommel or get/make yourself an Oh Crap strap Balance Rein - Woven - $44.95 - lower price! - Tellington TTouch Training
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Girlfriend, surely you don't believe that stirrups keep you from capsizing? That's kinda like the guy at the bottom of the 40 foot ladder keeping the guy at the top from falling

And I've seen you ride, Tiny You are a lovely balanced rider, so maybe its all in your noggin. You can always grab the pommel or get/make yourself an Oh Crap strap Balance Rein - Woven - $44.95 - lower price! - Tellington TTouch Training
Instead of spending $44.95 on a neck strap/oh crap strap/jesus strap, just use an old stirrup leather.
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post #14 of 19 Old 06-14-2013, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Wow thank you all for such awesome tips and suggestions!!! I have so much to work on and try :)

And old stirrup strap, knotted bailing twine, chunks of mane... It all works in emergencies haha ;)

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thanks ,ladies. I appreciate it.
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post #16 of 19 Old 06-14-2013, 07:53 AM
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I found that riding without stirrups helped a lot. When you ride without stirrups, stretch your heel down to the ground, and rise trot without the stirrups. not only will you get great thighs ;) but the good looking muscle will help your rising and help your legs lengthen so when you get your stirrups back, you'll find using a longer length a lot more easier :)
also- to find out what length your stirrups should be at, let your legs hang loose out of the saddle. the bottom of the stirrup iron should just bump your inner ankle bone.
good luck honey!

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My guess is that you are still fighting that ingrained "hunt seat" leg position. It's probably more than just the length of your leg. You may be gripping with the leg too much as well. Dressage is really more like western. You ride off your seat, not gripping with your legs.

Lower your stirrups gradually. Practice riding with NO stirrup (and not gripping with your calf). Take a few Western lessons.

Also, one tip that helped me was to put just the very tip of my toes in the stirrups and try to keep them that way. That's forced me to lower my heels instead of raising them.
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My guess is that you are still fighting that ingrained "hunt seat" leg position. It's probably more than just the length of your leg. You may be gripping with the leg too much as well. Dressage is really more like western. You ride off your seat, not gripping with your legs.

Lower your stirrups gradually. Practice riding with NO stirrup (and not gripping with your calf). Take a few Western lessons.

Also, one tip that helped me was to put just the very tip of my toes in the stirrups and try to keep them that way. That's forced me to lower my heels instead of raising them.
I ride western a lot actually, started riding western waaaay before I started English :) But its true now that I think about it! They are so similar! I never really realized it before haha, why wasn't that more obvious???

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Glad to see this thread as I have the opposite problem (lose my stirrups in a hunt saddle, feel great with a long leg ie dressage or western). I LOVE the suggestions for loosening the ankles and the visual to get the big toe to touch the horse. I am self-taught, and found that though I rode Western for 99% of my riding career so far, I tended to have a long stirrup but with a sort of hunt leg, if that makes sense. Heels far down, toes a bit pointed out, etc. It's a lot of work to get loose ankles and a "drapey" leg, but I find it a lot more comfortable, especially since I have bad knees.

I will also attest to the lack of core strength being a contributing factor. Being 7mos pregnant right now, sometimes I feel like a big wet noodle trying to sit the trot/canter of our long-backed, steep-shouldered mare.

All in due time. :)

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