During my last lesson, I'm not sure why but I kept having issues with keeping my feet planted in my stirrups. My feet weren't slipping out of the stirrups but instead further in them. Falling off a horse doesn't scare me (too much...if it happens I'm sure it'll freak me out xD) but if I fall and my foot gets stuck I'm not going to be a happy camper. Occasionally in other lessons I'd have a little slip up here and there but not as bad as what was happening yesterday. Now yesterday I felt really off because I kept slipping up around the corners of the arena...to the point where I was SO focused on my feet that I kept forgetting to steer. Of course every time I slipped up in the stirrups, I pulled my mount to a halt and readjusted. I'm just trying to figure out if:
A.) I had an "off" day because normally I don't have issues (or very few) concerning slipping up like that.
B.) My stirrups are too short (I've had a few people comment that my stirrups should go up a couple notches).
C.) I'm just still a beginner that has a ton to learn.
Picture to see where my stirrups are-
Now my instructor always has me keep my stirrups down to that length so part of me thinks that where my stirrups are shouldn't be the issue and it's caused by rider fault.
Also, when my feet slip up are when:
A.) I have to "kick" my stubborn mount to have her go
B.) corners during the canter (like when I have to keep her pressed up to the canter)
C.) (yesterday was the FIRST time this slip up happened) I slipped up during the few strides between jumps. As in, I hopped over a cross rail and had a few strides between the next jump and my feet slipped up.
Again, I'm sure this is rider error--so I'm looking for some advice to fix this. I will be talking about this with my instructor this upcoming Tuesday so I can address it as soon as possible but in the meanwhile, I figured I'd at least get some advice so I can have an idea of what I need to do.