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post #1 of 6 Old 04-08-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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My left FOOT! UGH!

So I have serious issues with my left foot! When I took a lesson at this one barn I was trying out (loved the instructor and the horse I rode hated everything else about the place ) the instructor told me that I keep my left heel TOO far down and I should try to bring it a little bit up. I now focus on that a lot, but I still always seem to lose my stirrup in my left foot, never my right. WHY!? Do I just need to push with the ball of my foot more, I guess? Also, my left ankle always hurts when riding and NEVER any hurting at all in my right. Help??

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-08-2013, 08:34 PM
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Maybe you're pinching with your left knee? And not getting the weight down to that leg?

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Are your stirrups the same length? I had similar ankle pain problems for a while, after my friend adjusted them for me and got them off by one notch. I couldn't actually tell that one was longer, just that something wasn't right.

Alternatively, maybe you have one leg slightly longer than the other, something that is apparently not all that uncommon. This can be one of two types: either one leg actually is longer, or you have some postural imbalance that makes it appear longer.
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-09-2013, 03:31 AM
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As people generally mount on the left side often the left stirrup leather gets stretched. People who own their own saddles often swap them now and again but that doesn't always happen at riding schools.

By jamming your heel down you're compensating for the difference in length, but you're also putting more strain on the joint. When you stop jamming your ankle you lose your stirrup.

That would just be my guess.
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I dont push down hard with the balls of my feet at all-- Fer sure sounds like youre pointing your heels dow n too far-- it shouldnt cause pain.. it should be comfortable- and you shouldnt loose your stirrups or have to press hard on the balls of your feet-- thats a definite indicator of too long of stirrups-- like stated above.. youd think an instructor would have caught that.. lol.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-09-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Weird, I felt like my stirrups were just a tiny bit too short. When I got back home from riding I tested the stirrup length (rode in my instructor's saddle and she let me take it home till next time; it's not a lesson barn, she's our neighbor/friend/trainer) and they seemed perfect (used the arm trick thing). Anyway, it's happened more times than just in this saddle/this lesson. I've ridden in a Crosby, different style of Circuit, always have lost my stirrup only in my left and only my left ever hurts!

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