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post #1 of 10 Old 11-05-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Stirrup advice

On to my next question....I have had some trouble with my "leg" placement. I will post a picture (which is slightly exaggerated as we are down hill and I was extremely uncomfortable over the water). I pull my legs back in my stirrups which I am told that means they are to long and that I would go forward right over my horses head if she were to stop suddenly (which I can def. Believe). We have recently shortened them and that seems to help, but I have bad knees and I still feel like pull them back and can't kick or squeeze in the right place on my horse. I feel like I can squeeze and direct her better when my feet are out of the stirrups, but yet again when she is "feisty" (as she is still a learning, she is only 4) I like the "safety" of my stirrups. I also have trouble posting (hurts my knees), but she is such a smooth ride I am only slightly concerned about that. I hope I explained this well and I would appreciate any advice. Oh and because I keep forgetting to mention I ride western pleasure.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-05-2011, 09:50 PM
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From what I was taught, your leg in that pic is where it should be if you're giving your horse a cue (such as squeezing her forward or asking for a turn). Your leg should ideally be even with the girth when you are relaxed and in the correct position. Cues should be given by drawing the leg behind the girth and applying pressure with the side of the calf. It would help to have a picture that shows how you look normally, when you aren't tense or drawing your leg back like that.

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I will try to post a "side" relaxed picture next time I ride. This was the only picture I had . Thank you!
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Have you tried wearing a compress sleeve on your knee? I have terrible knees too and sometimes that helps with the pain. Also stretching before a good ride works too. You look wonderful riding your horse =)

As for the leg placement, some saddles fit a person better than others. Some saddles have the stirrups attached further forward so they are in a chair position or it's just the shape of the saddle. Do you have access to different saddles? Maybe try them on your horse and see if that works better, or try different padding.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-05-2011, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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I have tried 2 other saddles and it seems to be the same. Ill keep working until I get comfy...different horse and newer rider ill get it figured out esp with great help and advice! . A knee compress usually aggravates my knee more when its in a bent position. But...stretching and some of that physical therapy the docs tell me to do before might be the ticket!
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Do you strive to keep your heels down? Have you ever taken riding lessons?
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Do you strive to keep your heels down? Have you ever taken riding lessons?
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No I have not taken per say riding lessons by have had friends teach me. Riding lessons here are pretty much non existent because Of the horse track. Every horse around where I live is a race horse and worth big money. But heels d
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Heals down and relaxed away from the horse I try to do:
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And you are sure your are padding your saddle enough? You should be able to sit, with your legs out of the stirrups on the pockets of your jeans level. If your "seat" is tipping at all, that will affect your position.. of everything! Legs included. And you are sure your stirrups are measured from tip of fingers to armpit? (Rough guesstimation) but I was just looking at the photo and those are two things I've noticed. Your legs are almost reaching for the stirrups, it seems.

Could you take a picture from a distance on the flat both with feet in the stirrups and then feet long and hanging relaxed? Then a picture of your saddle before you get on, with padding.
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