Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Yeah, fiddle with the stirrups. It could certainly be stiff fenders, but also stirrup length. I know I ride with one side half a hole longer than the other. You just have to find what is right for you.
I recently started riding western and had stirrup problems. The ones that were on my saddle were built in a way that the flat bit at the bottom was too narrow for my boot so I was constantly having my boots riding up a side. It's how they were meant to be (I think) but I didn't like them. I bought some new stirrups with a longer flat surface and it's easier.
I also ride differently that English. My lower leg is more forward and when I rise it's not so much straight up, but up and forward. It took me a few rides to get used to - the first time I couldn't even post to the trot! I also put my foot through the stirrup a little more, which changes things. Not a lot, still around the ball of my foot, but further in.