Keeping your foot from sliding in the stirrup while trotting/cantering??
 
 

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Keeping your foot from sliding in the stirrup while trotting/cantering??

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  • How to have your legs around a horse when trotting
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    04-15-2012, 11:16 PM
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Question Keeping your foot from sliding in the stirrup while trotting/cantering??

OKAY. So whenever I get my horse into a trot or canter or whenever i'm posting, my foot always slides back and bounces and it is SUPER bothersome. My stirrups aren't long or anything and I really don't know how to keep them in proper position while still being able to concentrate on keeping my horse trotting/cantering/ by squeezing her and me being able to post or sit the trot/canter correctly. I think I rely on my knees too much but Idk. Any tips or advice would be great! :)
     
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    04-15-2012, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by brttnybluev    
I think I rely on my knees too much but Idk.
My money is on you doing exactly that.

I don't know how to explain to you how to achieve this, but somehow you have to become loose and supple enough in your hip joints so that your legs from top to bottom can follow the barrel of the horse. Your thighs and calves need to be in contact with the horse, the knees, not so much.

It took me months of stretching and riding until it clicked.
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    04-16-2012, 05:43 AM
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Are your stirrups too short?

The reason I ask is, the first thing my new instructor did was drop my stirrups by two holes. I thought she was crazy! But after a little time to get used to it, my hips and legs relaxed and I was having less and less trouble with drawing my knees up and with my stirrups bouncing on my feet and it's even better if I remember to push my heels down as far as they will go.
Before I thought my stirrups were fine if I put my fingertips on the buckle, and tread came to about an inch before my armpit started, now, when the tread goes right into my armpit, I drop the stirrups another hole.

Can you try a session or two without stirrups? That's usually REALLY good for loosening your legs and hips (even if it IS torture)
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    04-16-2012, 01:56 PM
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I agree about riding without stirrups.

It is brutal at first, but if you do five to ten minutes of no stirrups work ( do both rising and sitting trot) every time you ride; you will be amazed at how fast your legs get steady under you once you do put your feet back in the irons.
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    04-16-2012, 04:24 PM
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Well, I live in Britain, so I ride the English way, which sounds like you are if you're rising. Your knees are meant to be on the horses side, you grip with your knees and your thighs. Your lower leg is not supposed to be round the horse, that is the completely wrong position, and so many people ride that way! I was taught the classical dressage position, it is a lot safer to be in that position when your horse spooks or naps. You may not listen to me, as so many people on this ride the way that we are taught not to, the "knees off, lower legs on". It's a shame really.
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    04-16-2012, 04:27 PM
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I always advise lots of time in the saddle without stirrups bc it MAKES your seat. Regarding stirrup length, the average length puts the bottom of your stirrup just below and cradling your ankle bone. Any longer than that and you can easily lose your stirrups.
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    04-16-2012, 05:21 PM
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I suspect you are gripping with your knees which is causing your lower leg to rise up and lose the stirrups. I'm with the ride without stirrups suggestions.

It's interesting to see your thoughts Rachelgem - I think you are describing the complete opposite of how I have been taught. I have always followed the 'don't grip with the knees or thighs' school of thought.
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    04-16-2012, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
I suspect you are gripping with your knees which is causing your lower leg to rise up and lose the stirrups. I'm with the ride without stirrups suggestions.

It's interesting to see your thoughts Rachelgem - I think you are describing the complete opposite of how I have been taught. I have always followed the 'don't grip with the knees or thighs' school of thought.

Yeah, people are always taught different, I think someone should pick one way to ride and then everyone should ride that way! It would save all these little complications
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    04-16-2012, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rachelgem    
Well, I live in Britain, so I ride the English way, which sounds like you are if you're rising. Your knees are meant to be on the horses side, you grip with your knees and your thighs. Your lower leg is not supposed to be round the horse, that is the completely wrong position, and so many people ride that way! I was taught the classical dressage position, it is a lot safer to be in that position when your horse spooks or naps. You may not listen to me, as so many people on this ride the way that we are taught not to, the "knees off, lower legs on". It's a shame really.
What you say absolutely contradicts all the basics of a classical seat.
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    04-16-2012, 07:29 PM
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I think someone should pick one way to ride and then everyone should ride that way! It would save all these little complications
Yes, little complications like rider and horse conformation and individual tastes.....
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