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    04-28-2011, 11:46 PM
Help with stirrup problem

I was riding a couple weeks ago and I noticed when I looked down that my stirrups were at a really sharp angle. It had never bothered me before, but it felt less secure. So I went home and have been looking at some pictures and no I realize its been doing this for years, and never felt insecure! Is this bad? Does it mean my foot is inbalanced? If so, can I fix it? I've been riding like this for so long, I think I might just be psyching myself out with this whole less secure thing.
Heres some example pictures from a span of several years:
I really hope yall see what I mean... see how the stirrup is at the ball of my foot on the inside and then at my pinky toe on the outside?
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    04-28-2011, 11:50 PM
I drew a quick diagram for those who can't see it...
And I know im practically picasso... sooo.... yeah.

Its of my left foot
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    04-29-2011, 12:39 AM
Thats actually the correct way to have your stirrup from what you are describing ! Although in the pictures it looks like you need to push the stirrup back on your foot slightly - it looks a little too much on your toe instead of the ball of your foot.
    04-29-2011, 12:51 PM
Oh so it's actually correct? Phew well I thought I had some sort of major problem brewing haha! So basically their just a little bit too slanted? I've been trying to straighten them but I guess I just have to put my foot in further?
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    05-01-2011, 08:27 AM
It looks like you should just put your foot in a bit farther, in the pics in looks like the stirrup is on your toe not the ball of your foot. It should be angled out to your little toe though =]
    05-01-2011, 09:46 PM
The outside bar of your stirrup should be even with the little seam you see on the toe of most boots. The inner bar should be behind that.

That's how I've been told to position my stirrups, mostly when jumping, because it helps you really anchor your lower leg and sink your weight down into your heels.
    05-01-2011, 11:58 PM
How interesting. I had noticed that in my western stirrups as well. Since all I do is hack about, I wasn't concerned, but thanks for the question, OP, and the answers!
    05-02-2011, 12:18 PM
Yeah, the outter bar of your iron should be at your pinky toe. The inner bar of your iron, should be at the knuckle of your big toe.

    05-05-2011, 08:10 PM
Thanks y'all for all the input! And MIE that picture is soo helpful that is what my stirrup looks like usually, seeing it on someone else for some reason eases my forever nagging doubts ( I always think " mabye they just didn't see it!?!") hehe
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