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  • My feet go through my stirrups
  • My stirrups are hurting my calves?

 
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    01-19-2012, 12:16 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Stirrup frustrations!!

I have been having a real problem lately with my foot sliding into the stirrup and only really stopping going in further because of the heel on my boot.

I only have this problem when I ride my horse Apache I have never had this problem when riding other horses. I have checked my stirrups repeatedly. I try to really concerntrate on keeping my heels, though I can only have them down a bit before they start to really hurt.

The only thing I can think of is that I have knew boots that have leather soles and Apache is lazy to ride most times. It happens mostly when I'm trying to get him to canter, he has ignored me when I squeeze my calves and I give him a bit of a dig with my heel to say hey I asked you to speed up. This normally results in my feet slipping further into the stirrups and making it difficult to keep a good seat. The only way I can ever fix this is by completely stopping my horse and fixing my stirrup then starting again and this frustrates me to no end.

I have never had this problem before I have occasionally lost a stirrup but I am able to fix that whilst still riding.

I really don't know how to stop this, it only happens when I ride Apache and it has only just started happening. It makes me really frustrated during my rides when this happens I don't take it out on my horse because I know its not his fault but it is really starting to ruin my rides. Any ideas/tips would be great thanks.
     
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    01-19-2012, 12:20 AM
  #2
Showing
When you use your heel on a horse, you have to slightly curl your leg up so it's not stretched down.. that's probably why you're losing your stirrup. Try to use just your leg.. if he isn't responding then maybe think about a crop. You don't want to compromise your position in any discipline.. because then you start losing stirrups and losing balance and whatnot.

Which part of you hurts when you are focusing on keeping your heels down? Do you push them down? What helps me is let that weight down is to think more about stretching my leg than pushing my heel/foot.

If it's your knee, then it could be stirrup length if it's not you pushing your heel/foot down.

Now, if your foot is sliding in.. that usually happens to me when I curl up for a bit, the stirrup naturally travels back and then I realize, put my weight back down (this all happens in about .5 seconds) and thus the stirrup has crept too far back. Then you try to adjust it and it keeps going further back till it's at your heel.

It could also be stirrup width. If the stirrup is too wide for your foot, then it's more prone to sliding back. It can't be too narrow else your foot wouldn't be able to go deeper into the stirrup.

I think, though, if you focus on putting that weight down into your seat the down your legs by stretching (instead of pushing) your leg, it may solve many if not all of those issues.

Breathe :) We'll help you figure it out
     
    01-19-2012, 12:48 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Thanks I do generally like to think of it more as sinking my weight down into my legs then down into my heals rather then just pushing my heels down if that makes sense. It doesn't hurt anymore but it used to be between my lower calf and ankle lol I'm not good with naming body parts. It normally just feels like I physically can't stretch down any further now.

I have thought about taking my crop out when I ride him. I have kind of being avoiding it though because I know he hates it and becomes a much less cooperative mount when you ride with one. I think I will have a go a riding him with one though.

I was thinking of the stirrup being too wide though I have never had this problem with this saddle on any other horse.
     
    01-19-2012, 12:58 AM
  #4
Showing
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Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
Thanks I do generally like to think of it more as sinking my weight down into my legs then down into my heals rather then just pushing my heels down if that makes sense. It doesn't hurt anymore but it used to be between my lower calf and ankle lol I'm not good with naming body parts. It normally just feels like I physically can't stretch down any further now.
Hmm could you get a picture or a video or something so we could see? I say we ironically because I'm the only one responding right now.. but there will be others eventually lol.

Well have you desensitized him to a crop? So long as you always ask quietly first and then if he blows you off, use the crop (I honestly prefer a dressage whip because you can tickle them with it, rather than have to tap them) then it should go well. It helped my horse at least :) He now listens for my quiet aids rather than me having to squeeze the jelly out of him or even kick with my heel.

Well maybe you are tensing your muscles when you stretch down or your boot is affecting your leg which is causing pain? I know sometimes my boot creases just above my Achilles tendon and it can hurt really bad after awhile. It could be that. There are so many possibilities!

But yeah let us know if anything we suggest works and whatnot so we can help out as much as we can!
     
    01-19-2012, 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Well have you desensitized him to a crop? So long as you always ask quietly first and then if he blows you off, use the crop (I honestly prefer a dressage whip because you can tickle them with it, rather than have to tap them) then it should go well. It helped my horse at least :) He now listens for my quiet aids rather than me having to squeeze the jelly out of him or even kick with my heel.
Thanks I will see what I can do. I also don't think it is that he hasn't been desensitized to the crop it's more that doesn't like the object. He is an ex race horse and knowing him being lazy etc, I wouldn't surprised if people have overused whips with him. I haven't used anything other then a lunge whip with him for awhile and he has improved a lot with it. He respects it a lot more and I don't even have to touch him with it anymore.
     
    01-19-2012, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
Thanks I will see what I can do. I also don't think it is that he hasn't been desensitized to the crop it's more that doesn't like the object. He is an ex race horse and knowing him being lazy etc, I wouldn't surprised if people have overused whips with him. I haven't used anything other then a lunge whip with him for awhile and he has improved a lot with it. He respects it a lot more and I don't even have to touch him with it anymore.
Well that's good :)

That makes sense.. well let us know if you have any more issues or if the stuff I suggested has helped or not.

Take care!
     

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