"The way I say it is the stirrup is a foot rest. If you are putting any kind of pressure on it other than a light contact, you’re going to lock your ankles and knees and bounce and feel insecure."
I thought it was interesting because I never thought of it this way. I'm always being told by my trainer to sink my weight into my heels.
So I'm wondering, exactly how much weight should you put into your stirrups? I know there are people who can easily ride without them which shows that stirrups aren't exactly a necessity in riding.
But I'm a little confused as to how much I should be using them and how much weight goes into them.
At this point, they are totally more than a "foot rest" to me. As I'm posting, I'm using the stirrup to lift myself up. Is that wrong?