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post #1 of 2 Old 03-06-2014, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Stirrup/balance issues!

So i have a bit of a stirrup problem...I have been riding constantly for a good year now, and I heard that riding without stirrups (and bareback) is very good for developing a good position and gives you a better start to riding. So, when I finally could stay on without the stirrups, I kept my feet out of them. I've been riding without them for three months now. Recently I've been trying to get back into the habit of using them but there's a bit a problem...I can not keep my grip. I've tried lowering them, taking them up notches but nothing works. I try to sit my trot or canter without the stirrups and I have a perfect seat and keep very balanced...the minute I put my feet in I loose it all and i'm back to slamming on my horses back in the canter.

Can anyone help me here?

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post #2 of 2 Old 03-06-2014, 10:21 PM
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how about you put your feet in the stirrups, then lift your toe up until you are just "hovering" over the stirrup bar. I think what happens is that you are riding by grip more than you realize, and when you put your feet in the stirrups, you maybe raise your heel up , while gripping, and the stirrup falls off your feet.

not such an unusual experience.
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