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post #1 of 6 Old 03-04-2008, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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stupid feet being silly in the stirrups

ok, i have a problem and i cant work through it even though i know what i have to do and its really really annoying me lol

years ago when i first started having english lessons my instructor told me not to ride from the balls of my feet but from my knees while keeping the right foot position. at the time i didnt do too bad and picked it up quickly.

before i got my guys now i had a few years off and since i came back to riding i am finding it impossible to keep a good position with my feet. my toes go out, my heels have trouble staying down and i rise from the balls of my feet.


if i consciously think 'heels down, toes in and rise from my knees' im ok but as soon as i have to think about something else my feet go to hell. (im sorry if thats offensive to some people. hell isnt a swear word in australia :)). apart from a little tweaking in areas that i know i have to work on anways im doing well but this feet thing is really getting to me.

when i worked jarred today i could tell when i had it right because he would respond and then i would focus on something else and his head would come up and what a feet were wonky.

why after all this time am i having this problem with my feet??

a lady from the pony club has a theory that my back problems are what is making my feet problems. i do have a bad back but im keeping it in check by regular chiropractor visits and the problems with my tailbone are slowly being worked through with physio to but could this be forcing a wonky reaction in my legs???

any ideas or help would be fantastic show season is coming for me and i need those heels down and toes in

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-04-2008, 08:26 AM
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Well my instructor is always remindin me to keep my heels down. She also told me to go home and find a slight incline like a step or somethin and place the ball of or foot on the edge and start lower your heel then rise... this exercise will strengthen your heels and also stretch them out, that way your heels will be strong enough to support your body, and i think your heels will just stay down when you ride.. i think this will solve your problem, just do it every night for about 10 or 15 minutes

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-04-2008, 08:46 AM
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I was told that when i post to shove my heels down when you rise up instead of your toes. I broke my leg a while ago, i have the same problem pretty much.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-04-2008, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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brandon - hey thanks! i will try that. i have pretty strong leg muscles but hey, it cant hurt right

delete - did you break your leg riding? ive heard you say (i think) about it before but i dont recall how it happened. i agree with the shoving the heels down i just cant seem to get the **** thing right these days :)

maybe im just old!!! nah, cant only 28 :) ill get there. ill try what you two have said so far but, anyone else have any other things i can try as well?

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-04-2008, 12:00 PM
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I kind of had the same problem. I've always had bad knees and they would hurt after a while of riding. I had the regular stirrups and didn't know about any other kind. I recently purchased a new pair of stirrups and it was a dream riding in them. And my heels stayed down all the time too! They were the Herm Sprenger stirrups. I forget the name, but they're blue. There are also different Herm Sprenger stirrups that are supposed to alleviate pain in your ankles, knees and i believe back too.

These are the stirrups. I did not order from here. I got them for under $200. It is a lot to spend, but i love them!

I also saw these things that are slanted. I thought they were to make the heel stay down, but i was wrong. It's to put the foot in the proper position. It might help make the heel go down, i'm not sure.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-04-2008, 09:31 PM
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I heard that back problems could be the culprit. Also, I've heard that doing stairsteppers help. All you need is a single step or block or something.
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