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post #1 of 12 Old 10-19-2011, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Help with my feet falling asleep?

No matter how long I ride (although, it does take usually longer than 10 mins.) my feet fall asleep. Not my entire foot, but from the ball of my foot, to my toes. The longer I ride, the further up it goes.

I've had this issue for a while, no matter the horse, or length of stirrups. If I stop, and roll my ankles outwards, it relieves the pressure. But still doesn't bring back feeling in my feet. I ride western, in an all trail saddle or a roping saddle. I usually always ride in my boots, but occasionally will ride in tennis shoes.

I did break my tail bone about 5 years ago. And I wonder if this has something to do with it? I use to ride from 2000-2003, but stopped actively riding,beside the dozen or so rides I had on my rescue horse, up until the beginning of this year. I do not remember if I had this problem before.

Is it something that will take muscle building? Does anyone have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-19-2011, 10:20 PM
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My mom always told me that if my feet were falling asleep, I needed to drink more water. Not sure if that helps or not.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-19-2011, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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My riding buddy told me that today, too. But I drink about 4-5 glasses a day, usually.

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-20-2011, 12:12 AM
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Is there any other situation wherein your feet fall asleep? It seems that maybe you are pushing too hard into the stirrup. I sometimes get that problem when I ride English. I had some relief from putting some padded stirrup covers, made by Cashel, on my stirrups. Perhaps that will help.
Sure hard to ride with feet that are asleep!
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-20-2011, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Occassionally, if I sit on a hard surface, like the tail gate of the truck, and my feet don't touch the ground, they will fall asleep. But its my whole leg, typical 'asleep'ness.

In the saddle its more numb.

My riding buddy suggested that today, but she said she also has that problem every once in a while, and her stirrups are rawhide made. But I may try it with some vet wrap for now, to see if it helps, before buying cushion.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-20-2011, 09:42 AM
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I have the same problem! I was thinking of getting some Dr Scholls to put on the inside of my boots.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-20-2011, 10:32 AM
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How well are your stirrups turned? I've got a new nylon trail saddle
that KILLS my knees and makes my feet go numb. Maybe the pressure
of the fenders is causing additional blood flow restriction?
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-20-2011, 03:03 PM
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I do that too. I asked my dr about it at my last visit, she said if it corrects itself, don't worry about it. I was concerned, because i know numbness tingling in legs feet, can also be from pinched nerves in the back.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-20-2011, 03:43 PM
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My feet do the same thing if my stirrups are too short because I start to push on them without really noticing. It's like you're trying to 'hold' your foot in place. Sometimes I have to just lower the leathers a hole.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-20-2011, 03:53 PM
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i get that when riding bareback... the doc told me more banananas or potassium... i started eating two a day and i haven't seen any improvement... when you find something that works let me know...

i also heard it can be from the width of the saddle. you ride western? correct... i had to change my saddles to stop the problem... my saddle was designed for a man. most saddles are made to fit men and are wider in the crotch section... females have thinner areas... it helped stop the numbing in saddle but not for bareback...

look into that as well. it also prevents back and hip problems for females supposedly !?!!
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