Ok, so I've developed a horribly bad habit, so don't laugh. I'm actually not the western riding position expert..... I learned English..... I've never had much luck with my stirrup lenght, or position or anything.... stirrups annoy me........
anyway, I am showing in WP and i need all the advice to help me get my heels down instead of up....... I know it's really a dumb thing, but I used to always do it, but now I ride in a saddle with too long of stirrups (I think.....) so I'm forced to put my heels up to keep my stirrups..... Ok, so i really need help..... thanks for putting up with my dumb problem
maybe shorten them just one hole? or ride without them for a while and let you legs really stretch down, then when you take back you stirrups they will feel shorter and you should be able to keep your heels down more :)
I think you should raise your stirrups. If they won't go any higher punch some more holes. If its your saddle anyway, don't punch holes in a borrowed saddle :lol: In western your stirrup should be at your ankle with your foot out of it. I ride with my heels down in western but I don't show, so that may be some rule I don't know about :oops:
You should be able to put your heels down. if you can't, your stirrups are too long.
ditto on the stirrups being too long.
See if you can add more holes. If not, adjust the fender so you can either add more holes or use the ones already there. Sometimes you can make the outter fenders shorter by pulling them up through the saddle and down on the inside.
A way I trained my ankles to allow me to easily keep my heels down was... and dont laugh - I stood on the edge of the steps with my feet in the position they needed to be for the saddle to train my muscles and get used to the position.
Yes, i believe the best way your gonna be able to keep your heels down when you are ridin is by doin the heel exercises lol. Find a step, and put the front of your foot on the step. Now bend your heel all the way down then push up.. By doin this 15 minutes every day you will make those muscles stronger and it will become ALOT easier to keep your heels down. I would also recommend punchin some new holes if the stirrups are to long.
Hope this helps!
I was informed that I can't punch more holes because the saddle will fall apart, lol, it's a piece of crud! Hopefully I won't have problems when I get to use my saddle!
If your just sitting there are they to long or does the problem start when you are doing something?
I say raise the stirrups. ;) The longness of the stirrups could be making your heel come up/not stay down. :D Also, try riding bareback & maybe you'll get a better leg position, that always helps!
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