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    10-14-2010, 09:15 PM
I would suggest long legs and weight in your heels. It may also be that you're concentrating on loosing your stirrups too much which might be causing you to loose them. Adjust the stirrups to your correct length for flat work (approximately they should come to your ankles) and put your feet in the stirrups and make sure you always have proper weight in your heels.
I find that practicing this outside the saddle works as well. Try standing on the ground with your feet shoulder length apart with some bend in your knees and push your weight in your heels. Now try to post by keeping a straight back and straightening your body up and down. This is what my coach taught me hope it helps! :)
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    10-16-2010, 01:28 PM
I had the same problem during my first few lessons. For me, it was caused by pinching with my knees and not putting enough weight on my feet. It's actually a big problem as it signifies that you're not sitting in the tack correctly. My instructor had me stand up in the stirrups to feel the weight and then sit down halfway, then all the way while explaining that the pressure on my feet should not change.
    10-16-2010, 02:24 PM
I have that same problem when I use an english saddle... Apparently it's because I can't keep my heels down properly? I'm so used to riding western I guess I forgot the importance of good balance :P
    10-16-2010, 02:54 PM
Thanks for the replies, I am happy to see that it is a normal problem. After riding since I was young you would think you would have troubles like this. The suggestions have help improve my posting, but it was my doctor that fixed the stirrup problem to an extent. I had to get something for the inflammation in my ankles, he said that riding has probably been irritating the damage that is already there. It just came out more when I started riding english. It makes it easier to consentrate on keeping my weight down, when my ankles haven't give out a quarter of the way through the ride.
    10-17-2010, 01:14 AM
I used to have a similar problem. I kept losing my stirrups and although I could ride perfectly fine without them, I couldn't keep my feet in them!
I think the problem was that my balance was good so I wasn't really using the stirrups. What I finally learned to do, was to put just a little bit of weight from my lower legs in the stirrup which held my foot in place without changing my balance.
I'm not an expert though, so I have no idea if this is really what you are supposed to do.
    10-19-2010, 01:09 AM
I know this sounds stupid, but try walking around on some gravel in the boots you ride in..
My boots are so smooth soled that if I walk on any grass, I have to go and rub them in some gravel before I get on or else my feet will slip out of the stirrups hahaha. It's really helpful for grip, but obviously only works if you have leather soled boots, not rubber :P
    10-19-2010, 08:46 PM
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Or, you can wrap the stirrup pad in vet wrap. It is sticky. I used to do that for XC.
    10-20-2010, 01:23 AM
Get to know your stirrups

While you are riding at the walk, you can kind of "pet" your stirrups, one at a time with the rythm of the horse. This sounds really wierd, but it's a way of just the tiniest bit focusing weight down into each stirrup, on the side that is moving forward with the horse's stride. So, at the walk, when the right shoulder moves forward, you press the tiniest bit more into that same side stirrup, then the other, then back and forth. IT's almsot like pedaling a bicylce, or "petting" your stirrups with the sole of your foot.
So, you kind of get to know them a bit.
Then, drop one, pick it up, drop it and pick it up. Reposition them on your feet, at walk and trot. Stand harder on it, then softer. Play with them a little. Get to know them.
Then, when you are cantering, feel for them again "you guys there?", then go back to feeling your butt on the saddle and your weight going down.

Remember, let the horse carry your weight, through those seat bones and downward. Let your weight down, your horse can carry you.

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