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post #11 of 21 Old 03-27-2012, 04:55 PM
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In addition to all the other suggestions, this may seem like a suggestion that is just too simple, but make sure that the stirrups aren't too long. If I ride a saddle with the stirrups too long, then whenever I pick up the faster gaits, I can't keep them on without stretching my toes down. Instead, what usually happens is I just use my legs like I should and the stirrups bounce around until I lose one or both.
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Totally agree with that, smrobs! :)
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I am reading the advice and wondering what you would say for someone who's riight ankle is fused? I can ride well bareback, but bounce in the saddle. My right leg is significantly weaker and cannot gain much in strength due to permanent damage.
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I am reading the advice and wondering what you would say for someone who's riight ankle is fused? I can ride well bareback, but bounce in the saddle. My right leg is significantly weaker and cannot gain much in strength due to permanent damage.
Can you possibly get a physical therapist to give you an exercise program? Or a personal trainer? Even YMCA's have trainers. Many community rec centers do, too.

You're right, it will be more difficult to strengthen your right leg, but not impossible.
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Can you possibly get a physical therapist to give you an exercise program? Or a personal trainer? Even YMCA's have trainers. Many community rec centers do, too.

You're right, it will be more difficult to strengthen your right leg, but not impossible.
I was in physical therapy for a year and released. I do exercises. I just have limitations. I wonder if that is why bareback feels so much better because my ankle isn't involved? Thanks for advice and encouragement !
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Remember to sink your weight in your heels. Dont ever have your legs not touching the horse. Keep them not so noodly! Try to do some no stirrup work- that will really help. But I know you take lessons so try to do some leg exercises at home. Look them up on youtube or google:) But you should ask your instructor! She'll give you some tips and help you strengthen them while your on the horse.
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try keeping your heels down and toes pointing in towards the horse
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question! do you ride english or western?

try these if you do english! i found they help a lot, focus in at 3:33 thats where they talk about lower leg problems
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Flying change1991, that video was very helpful. I'm sure it has something to do with my right hip flexor. It's still really tight because of all the breaks (14 from hip to foot). I will try the stretches and ask my neighbor to watch me ride. Thanks!!!
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I was in physical therapy for a year and released. I do exercises. I just have limitations. I wonder if that is why bareback feels so much better because my ankle isn't involved? Thanks for advice and encouragement !
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I have no experience with ankles fusing but I have experience with sprains and the only few reasons my ankles hurt is because I was bracing or leaning against the stirrup and over time that was painful. Bareback there's nothing for your ankles or feet to lean or brace against.

Another reason could be the angle/width/type of your stirrups. For me it would burn to be sitting in the Aussie with western-style stirrups. I don't know if it what caused it but it put a lot of strain on my ankle until I changed them. Maybe if you are riding with shortened stirrups, try lengthening them (not past your ankle joint) and see if that helps? Also finding a good supportive boot and wearing half chaps would help your ankle out strength wise too.

Hope I help.. good luck :)

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