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    07-20-2013, 03:22 PM
If I had a stirrup I could physically get my foot thru, I'd either change stirrups or get a boot with a bigger heel. I'd be afraid to ride with a stirrup I could get my foot through. That is me, though.

As another trick in your bag of stopping tricks, this is worth knowing. It saved my butt once, and once beats being out of ideas and needing to stop:

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    07-20-2013, 03:56 PM
Bsms, I saw that video some time ago, thanks for the refresher. It's hard to sit up and back in the saddle when the branches are smacking you in the face though My Saro seems to always want to run off when we're in the trees. Smart horse or stupid rider? When she does it, I am usually laying on her neck and inevitably my feet come out of the stirrups. I wonder in those instances if I would have been better off if my feet were further in the stirrups...Hmmm another thread in the making?!

I have a fear of getting my thigh impaled on a tree limb. I get queasy just thinking of it so when we go through trees, I often lay down on her neck with my legs up almost on her butt. That's at normal speed of course.

I read the old thread you had shared. Very interesting and helpful. I always wear boots with a good heal. I've come off Saro numerous times in the last year and have yet to have a foot caught. *knocking on wood* I never do. I'm getting too old to hit the ground very often and I have big clodhopper feet so they could get caught pretty easy.
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    07-20-2013, 04:04 PM
EZ ride Stirrups These are what I use
    07-20-2013, 05:01 PM
With those stirrups, I would be very leery of riding with my foot in the "home" position, simply due to the grippy pads on the bottom of them. I can't see that a foot would easily slip out of those.

Me? I almost always ride with my foot in the "home" position...but I can't really expect anyone else to follow my reasoning on that. Since I ride a lot of colts who may or may not cause shenanigans, I like to be in the best possible position to stick with them. If I'm riding on the ball of my foot and I have to wrap my legs around them to stick a buck or a bolt, I'll often feel my stirrup slip off my toe and then I know I'm done for. However, if I keep my foot all the way in, then my stirrup will stay on my foot and my chances of staying with the horse greatly increase.

BUT, I ride in slick bottomed roper stirrups like this

That's the same kind my Dad has rode in for decades and the same kind that I've rode in my entire life. Between the two of us, there have been countless falls of all severity and neither of us has ever been hung in a stirrup. Not to say that it won't ever happen, but I figure if it was likely, it would have happened at least once before. I've never even had a moment when I thought I might get hung.
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    07-21-2013, 09:49 AM
I've tried using that type of stirrup and my toes go numb. Is that something that's being caused by my riding position? I would truly love to be able to ride in a different type, I agree the grippy pads do make it difficult to get my foot out of the stirrup sometimes. I have to have no tread on my boots or they stick. I've even started doing the English type dismount. I've been thinking of tearing out the pad but then they wouldn't be as comfy. Trade offs...what a bugger lol
    07-21-2013, 11:45 AM
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What type of saddle are you riding in, Vidaloco?
    07-21-2013, 11:53 AM
When you ride, you want to be on the balls of your feet and your heels down.
Please, always wear a helmet :)
But this position helps with your balance and is safe for if you are going to have horse spookiness issues. If your foot is all the way in, then if the horse spooks you have a very good chance of getting your foot caught in the stirrup. Where if you are on the balls of your feet and heels down - you will be much safe and it can help with your balance better.
    07-21-2013, 12:02 PM
Funny... My feet go numb in the EZs... ;p
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    07-21-2013, 12:23 PM
Originally Posted by amberly    
...If your foot is all the way in, then if the horse spooks you have a very good chance of getting your foot caught in the stirrup...
Are you speaking from experience, or repeating what someone told you?

What I've noticed is that sports like polo, steeplechase, campdrafting, cutting etc are the ones where people ride with their foot deep in the stirrup. Julie Goodnight, in the link I posted earlier (although her link is now dead), said,
"Even though I teach students to ride with the stirrup on the ball of the foot, I tend to ride in the home position, particularly when riding Western. It's one of the rare times I will say "Do as I say, not as I do." For most riders, it is safest and most effective to ride with the stirrup on the ball of your foot.

For some disciplines, like cutting, working cow and even reining (my favorties!), riders like to have their foot all the way in the stirrup as an insurance policy against losing the stirrups. When the horse is moving dramatically and performing at high speed, it could be disastrous to lose a stirrup at the wrong moment. "
That was why I asked years ago if anyone knew of any statistics or studies. It seems odd that sports involving aggressive motion by the horse would favor the home position if that position was likely to result in your foot being caught. There are lots of old wives tales in riding, and I suspect this in one of them.

Mia used to spook daily. For about a year, as she was getting used to the desert, she would jump forward or sideways multiple times every ride. Since I didn't come off her, I don't know if riding in the home position would have been dangerous. My suspicion is that, if anything, it helped me stay on her. As an inexperienced rider, losing the stirrup when she was already scared would have been a bad thing for both of us.

Another campdraft picture (since I'm fond of Australian style saddles, and since Mia sometimes used to spook like that - glad she doesn't any more!):

I'm not asking anyone to start riding like that, but I'd love to see if anyone has any evidence it is bad.
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    07-21-2013, 12:25 PM
Vidaloco, have you considered trying a 4-bar stirrup? I really like the additional width. I tried a padded stirrup on a few rides, but my foot kept getting caught in it on dismount, and that seemed like a bad sign.


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