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    01-14-2012, 06:49 PM
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Yearling
Stirrup length, losing stirrups and knee pain D:

Hi everyone! Well, I haven't meantioned it on here yet but I have sold both of my horses. I just can't afford them now...and I don't have time for them. They are going to a family friend though so I know they will be taken cre of and I can visit.


Well anyway, I am having problems keping my stirrups at the canter...which I have done very little of because I always lose the stirrups. I have awful knee pain after riding too...anything I can do for these things?
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    01-14-2012, 06:53 PM
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It sounds like you're pinching your knees and not letting that weight travel down the inside of your leg. Try stretching your legs down more..

If your stirrups feel too short, they could be. Can't know without a picture.
     
    01-14-2012, 07:04 PM
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English or Western?

Riding western, if I'm on Trooper, I need to shorten my stirrups a hole if I'm planning on cantering. I normally ride with very long stirrups, so one hole shorter is still not short. On Cowboy, it doesn't matter - he has a very smooth canter.

Knee pain makes it sound like you're either holding with your knees, or forcing your toes forward. If you are pinching with your knees, try making a conscious effort to shove your knees apart when riding, and particularly at a canter.
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    01-14-2012, 10:24 PM
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Green Broke
My knees end up hurting for two reasons. First is to short of a stirrup, I need my stirrups so long that I can barely clear the saddle when I stand up in them. Anything shorter then that and my knee will start killing me in 20-30 minutes. Second, I tend to get sloppy and put all my weight in the right stirrup when not paying attention. That sloppiness will also get me hurting in 20-30 minutes.
     
    01-15-2012, 05:55 PM
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Yearling
See, I'm almost sure my knee pain is from to short of stirrups. Because when I ride bareback, no pain at all. And then that means I can shorten them for canter...I will try aand relax my knees next time so I don't pinch. But the problem now is that I don't have a saddle. I tried cantering for the first time on my friends horse as I didn't trrust my own. I was using my saddle because they don't have one. I sold my horse, annd her saddle went with (western btw) is it possible to learn to canter bareback? I can't walk and trot bareback with no issues.
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    01-15-2012, 06:11 PM
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See, I'm almost sure my knee pain is from to short of stirrups. Because when I ride bareback, no pain at all. And then that means I can shorten them for canter...I will try aand relax my knees next time so I don't pinch. But the problem now is that I don't have a saddle. I tried cantering for the first time on my friends horse as I didn't trrust my own. I was using my saddle because they don't have one. I sold my horse, annd her saddle went with (western btw) is it possible to learn to canter bareback? I can't walk and trot bareback with no issues.
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Yes actually if you can trot bareback you can probably canter bareback as the motion is usually smoother.

You could also be putting too much stress into the stirrups and locking your ankle.. which would hurt your knees as well.
     
    01-15-2012, 07:12 PM
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Did you try lengthening the stirrups? IIRC, stirrup length is adjustable on most (all?) western saddles.
     
    01-15-2012, 09:17 PM
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Yearling
I have tried that but unless they are so long that I have to hang on with my toes, and I can't keep my heels down. So maybe it is locking my ankles or something then, how do I not do that??
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    01-15-2012, 10:08 PM
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I have tried that but unless they are so long that I have to hang on with my toes, and I can't keep my heels down. So maybe it is locking my ankles or something then, how do I not do that??
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Instead of pushing your feet down, stretch your leg down. I learned by watching someone better at riding than I riding without stirrups. Now my sitting trot is 100% better, still not perfect but getting there.

Kind of like you've got elastic running down the middle of your leg to your heel.. stretch that elastic down.
     
    01-15-2012, 10:34 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy    
I have tried that but unless they are so long that I have to hang on with my toes, and I can't keep my heels down. So maybe it is locking my ankles or something then, how do I not do that??
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I gave up on having short enough stirrups for heels down, it was that or give up riding due to knee pain.
     

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