The problem isn't that I lose
my stirrups, I mean like my lower legs splay
outwards, away from the horse's body. Like my inner thighs aren't strong enough to pull my legs in while pushing up so it is like a jumping jack haha I post up, my legs stick out, I sit back down, my legs come back in. :roll: I think the reason it is easier w/o stirrups is partially because I don't have to put weight on my bad ankle. And in stirrups, I do feel like I point my toes more than my heels.
Something about having the stirrup bar under my feet makes me want to push into it...and point my toes. BUT, disregarding the pointed toes, what about my legs going out? Will keeping my heels down more help with that you think? I am definitely working on my heels - it has always
been one of my biggest weaknesses/flaws in my riding.