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    12-01-2012, 09:49 PM
keeping feet in the irons

This is going to sound like a kind of silly question but I am sincerely curious... So I have been riding for at least fifteen years now and when I was younger I used to ride everyday, for several hours a day almost always in my English saddle because it was what my horse knew best. But after I graduated, now almost four years ago, my riding has been fairly sporadic. I worked this summer at a horse camp and rode everyday in a western saddle. That job ended in august and I havent gotten to ride until thre end of this month. Now today I went out to ride with a friend of mine and we threw the English saddle on. Today I found it incredibly difficult to keep the ball of my foot in the stirrup! When we would start trotting my foot would slide further through the iron until my heel was touching it. I was really frustrated as I never remember this being a problem when I was younger. I was wondering if there were any tips to keep my foot in the proper place in the iron or if it just reconditioning my legs a bit. As a note... My irons may have been a hole too long, but I know for a fact that I was keeping my heels down, I had my friend take a video which I can't get to load :\ My friend said that I did slide my legs up and back and up when asking for the canter and thus may be the reason why... Even still any advise would be great!
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    12-01-2012, 09:54 PM
You mentioned your iron leathers possibly being a hole too long, which leads me to think that could have been the whole problem. I can always tell when my leathers need to go up because I have the same problem. Next time put the leathers up another hole and see how that goes!
    12-02-2012, 07:42 PM
9 times out of 10, you can't keep your iron because you are gripping somewhere along your leg, rather than staying centered through your seat and allowing your leg to simply 'hang'.
If you grip your knee or thigh, you're going to take weight out of your feet, making the stirrup bounce off.
Any time I have lost a stirrup, it has been because I've had some tension creep in, gripped my knee slightly, and bob's your uncle - stirrup came off.

Too long stirrups will also do this to you, though it is more often a tension problem if it's happening regularly.
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    12-02-2012, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the responses guys! =) I have a feeling that my stirrups may have been a hole too long, but I do have a habit of gripping with my knees sometimes soooo that is something I definitely have to work on! I never would have thought of that though because I normally don't notice that I am doing it unless someone is pointing it out lol =P I will keep it in mind from now on because while it hasn't been an issue in the past, it is starting to become one now that I am getting back into riding english *sigh* lol but thank you guys! I apreaciate the tips!

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