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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