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    11-21-2012, 11:00 PM
Feet slipping in stirrups

Recently, I've been having a lot of issues keeping my feet in the stirrups. No matter what I do, the outside bar just slides off and my foot pops right out. It happens at the walk, trot (sitting and posting,) and canter (full or half seat.) I've tried two point- it does nothing. I've tried sinking my heels deeper, popping my heels up a bit, putting my weight towards the inside bar and the outside bar, angled my stirrup before riding, etc. Nothing I've tried seems to work, and it's getting very frustrating... I originally was thinking it was my boots (they're like 5 years old and have no tread left) but it happens in my less-worn tall boots too. I tried different stirrups as well, including super grippy ones. It's also not my horse; At my last IEA show as well as in lessons the same thing happens. The second there's any weight in my feet, they start sliding. So basically I've eliminated stirrups and movement of the horse, which means it must be something I'm doing.

I've always had a super solid leg, so I'm not quite sure how to fix this. It seems to have just started like a month ago, for no real reason that I can think of. If you have any advice on what to do to work on this, I'd really appreciate it. I don't think I'm doing anything differently than I usually do, but the stirrup just slides like crazy and my feet come out after a few laps around the ring...

Thanks in advance!
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    11-21-2012, 11:03 PM
What kind of stirrups are you using when you say that the outside bar falls off and then your foot pops out?
    11-21-2012, 11:29 PM
Just plain ol' stirrups. It isn't making a difference what type though because the same thing has happened in multiple saddles with different types of stirrups. This is a screenshot from a jumper show with my pony a few weeks ago. The issue wasn't as bad then, but hopefully you get the idea of how it's sliding and where my foot is going. My heels aren't usually that deep either, but it's the best I could find.

(Please excuse my not so great eq. Not sure what I'm doing with my hands!)
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    11-21-2012, 11:32 PM
Perhaps someone with a better eye will chime in. They look too short to me, and I don't think your ankle should be at such an extreme bend. It looks like your stirrups are short enough such that when you sink into your heels, your toes are being raised to the point that they're just coming off the stirrup.
    11-21-2012, 11:49 PM
I was thinking they're a touch too short, but when I make them longer I can't keep enough weight in my feet to keep my stirrups period. I'm a lot more comfortable with slightly shorter stirrups, but I may try lengthening them again when I ride tomorrow. I also had super long stirrups at my last show (on a massive WB though) and ended up losing my stirrup entirely half way through the course. I feel like if they're too long they'll twist around even more, but I could be crazy.

    11-22-2012, 12:10 AM
Remember that the balls of your feet should be resting on the stirrup - it looks like it's more toe in the picture to me.

Also, if you have a habit (like I do sometimes) of scrunching up, that will cause you to lose your stirrups and feel like they're too long.

I think the angle of your ankle is way too extreme.

Look at this fella:
(Gem Twist clone)

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    11-22-2012, 12:17 AM
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Your heel is actually to far down. Stirrups are a good length. But you have to much weight in your heels and your toe isn't far enough in the stirrup. The stirrup should be on the ball of your toe and heels should be down just a bit. You are hyper extending them. Try doing some exercises where you perch your toes on the edge of a step and sink down and up to build strength in your ankles. Then I would suggest almost over correcting your heels. Which should hopefully bring you up where you should be. Also it almost looks like you are pinching with your knee. Think of wrapping your calf around the barrel of the horse. I suspect your lower leg might be swinging a bit which is making your foot slide out.
    11-22-2012, 12:51 AM
Green Broke
Jesus, I can't even bend my ankle normally let alone get that much weight in the stirrups!
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    11-22-2012, 02:21 AM
Wow. I must say, I am physically unable to sink my heels to THAT extreme of an angle. Wow. I actually kind of applaud you for having some sort of remarkable talent in doing that!
    11-22-2012, 02:33 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by xJumperx    
Wow. I must say, I am physically unable to sink my heels to THAT extreme of an angle. Wow. I actually kind of applaud you for having some sort of remarkable talent in doing that!
One of my students does this too. I can't remember exactly what causes it but she has been told that short of surgery its nothing she can fix so we are constantly working on getting her heel to come UP. I have to say I have never had to work with that as a flaw in position until I started teaching her. Usually I am screaming "heels DOWN!" lol

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