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post #1 of 22 Old 01-27-2012, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Weight in your stirrups

Me and my husband were riding the other day as he proceeded to laugh at me. I cannot, doesn't matter what breed of horse, ride with weight in my stirrups. I guess it's just something I have always done and never paid any attention too. My app who i have been riding for eight years is much easier to ride without stirrups. He has conformation flaws that make him really unsmooth. But are you suppose to put weight in your stirrups? I know with gaited horses we sit back turn our heals down into their side and just go but I still don't put pressure on my stirrups.

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post #2 of 22 Old 01-27-2012, 09:31 AM
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I ride with just enough weight not to loose my stirrups. I mostly ride by balancing on my seat. I still feel stirrups are invaluable though. Without them my legs would get tired and I would get dumped at most spooks.

Going faster than a walk I use my stirrups more. Like I would probably find it hard to trot and canter without stirrups for any distance at all. But at a walk, sometimes my feet can slide out if I am pretty relaxed.

I remember when I started riding though I went through a phase where I used my stirrups as shock absorbers and put quite a bit of weight in them. I guess my riding style has changed over the years, and I think it's for the better. I think because I have better balance now is why I put less weight in my stirrups than I used to.

So it's probably a sign you have very good balance and are relaxed riding. Which is a really awesome thing.
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I think it really depends on what discipline you ride! As a jumper I use alot of weight in my sturrips but only to keep my heels down. I also have a bucking little snotball who thinks its fun to see how long I can stay on! :P It also depends on how you are comfortable so it varies from person to person. I like to ride without stirrups and just let my feet dangle. Bad habit!

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Depends on what you're doing. I ride deep seat (beginning of Dressage stuff) and it's all about weight down your legs and in your seat, not the stirrup. I just rest my toes on them

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My app who I have been riding for over eight years is downhill and he is very bouncy not to mention he moves like a camel. So he is by far hard to ride and the easiest way for me is to put my weight in my seat and I use my thighs to help keep me centered. But sense I have rode him so long like that I ride everybody like that. If I put any weight in my stirrups I feel like I'm on pogo stick bouncing up and down.

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Take it from a girl who has spent years trying to break the habit of keeping too much weight on her feet....you have a much more secure seat when you aren't bracing against your stirrups like so many people do.

It's taken me a very long time to get into the habit of riding without all my weight on my feet and I can't believe how much better I ride now than I used to.

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i appreciate the imput. Everyone I ride with uses a lot of weight in their stirrups and I just can't. I get so screwed up doing it. I can w/t/c, jump, gait, whatever just fine but as soon as I use my stirrups, which I have tried the last time I rode, I feel like a fish bobber bobbing up and down side to side. I had to teach myself to ride as a kid and its the only way I really know. I didn't know if it was good or bad.

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Sounds super to me, toosexy4myspotz.

Better than gripping or bracing or shoving. You're actually RIDING the horse :)

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Everybody has always always told me I have a good seat but I never pay attention to them cause I just ride my way. I have never had a trainer or been around well trained horses. I had to teach myself and I figured I did it wrong.

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Nope! While it's nice to have a trainer, it's even better to have the ability to feel when something is wrong.

Just because you ride differently than most people, doesn't mean it's wrong ;)

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