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        06-03-2009, 06:55 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I don't have much experience with English boots other than my rubber pair I got because they hug my leg and look decent, but are weatherproof for mucking. However, having said that, yes, zip is better than lace for just around-the-barn stuff because they're much easier and faster to get on and off.

    As to your next set of questions, putting your weight in your heels is still something you have to think about to get used to doing, even with boots on, unfortunately. I think your mind just ignores extra weight on your feet unless it's really significant, so I don't think it will help as a reminder. The reason for boots with a heel is so that a.) the smooth casing of the boot over your ankle and up your leg doesn't get a shoe tongue caught up in the top of the stirrup, and b.) the heel keeps the foot from slipping through the stirrup and extending to get caught by your ankle. The heel of the boot will be outside the stirrup so it doesn't interfere with your ability to put your heel down. Hope this helps :)
         
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        06-03-2009, 07:00 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    It's funny to hear people think riding is nothing and then once they do it they realize that it is much more than sitting on the horse and looking pretty. :) I'm glad you had a good time, it is so much fun. If you have bad knees, they might hurt all of the time. I have no idea why, but my knees aren't all that good and they ache after a long ride or a strenuous one, too. I actually use the same liniment that people use on horses for my joints and it seems to help alleviate some of the pain.

    The heels down thing just comes with practice. Everyone struggles with it, you just have to do it more and it will come. A good way to loosen your calf muscles up before a ride is to stand on a fence with your heels hanging off the edge and do small calf lifts, rising and sinking back into your heels. Have fun!
         
        06-04-2009, 03:52 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    A thing that really helped my mom's knees was HS Springer Sturrips. They are awsome! Look into some if you are getting your own saddle!
         
        06-06-2009, 05:29 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I have heard that those sprenger bow balance stirrups are good for knees. I have regular jointed stirrups though since my knees hurt after doing physical activity because my bones have grown faster that my muscles, which causes grinding in my knee cap. (I'm 16 and 6' so I guess I should have expected that haha). You could try regular jointed too.

    And he requires you to have gloves? I must be the only person that hates riding in gloves then!
         
        06-07-2009, 04:12 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    ^You don't like riding in gloves! I couldn't ride without them!
         
        06-07-2009, 09:40 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I like to feel the reins in my hands haha. I can't feel them as well with gloves on.
         
        06-07-2009, 10:11 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    ^weird LOL! I've never heard of that, I can't ride without golves now!
         

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