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    11-05-2012, 11:07 PM
  #11
Weanling
I'm jealous! I need some ride time! I wanted to tonight, but I worked late. And it's not looking good tomorrow, gotta go stand in a long line to go put in my vote. I'll be glad when all these campaigns are over!
     
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    11-06-2012, 08:40 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I am not able to sit three hours without taking a short walk break. But I am much older than you, I would guess. The ol' knees to be straightened and worked a bit from time to time by walking.
i am 16 instead of getting off I stand up in the saddle to stretch my legs. For some reason when I ride, my feet always get cold and they never warm back up. Then a few of my toes go numb ! I don't know why. That and my ankles hurt later on in the ride probably because I am putting too muck weight in them but not noticing it. When I look at other riders, their ankles have a slight downward slant, but mine are very slanted, but the stirrups are the right length
     
    11-06-2012, 10:07 AM
  #13
Foal
The ride was really fun and you will be able to go on another long ride soon and hopefuly you will do better
     
    11-06-2012, 11:06 AM
  #14
Green Broke
This time I will pay attention to where I am putting my weight! I was thinking we could to the aqueduct again, going from the small one, across the RR tracks and on the big aqueduct. That would be a good hour ride and this time we can do some trotting along that straight- away
     
    11-06-2012, 02:09 PM
  #15
Foal
That would be nice sence it is to longe just to walk like we did the other time
     
    11-11-2012, 11:20 PM
  #16
Foal
When on long rides, I will often take my feet out of the stirrups to rotate my ankles when in a safe spot. I don't stand up too much because of the weight it puts on my feet. I can be in the saddle over an hour without even realizing it! Longest ride I've been on was 8 hours. That was a pretty amazing trip!

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”
― Winston Churchill
     
    11-12-2012, 09:28 AM
  #17
Green Broke
I wore taller winter boots this past weekend on an hour trail ride. My ankles did a lot better (they were still a little sore in the end) and my posting was a lot smoother
~wow 8 hours, I don't know if I could do that. Maybe on a good day 5 hours
     
    11-13-2012, 09:19 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Try stirrup turners for the western saddles or jointed ones for english. They are WONDERFUL at relieving knee and ankle pressure. Worst case... Your out $25. Chuck them, put them on a guest saddle or giving them to a friend! ;)
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    11-13-2012, 10:26 PM
  #19
Green Broke
What do they do?
     
    11-13-2012, 11:04 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ilovepets    
i am 16 instead of getting off I stand up in the saddle to stretch my legs. For some reason when I ride, my feet always get cold and they never warm back up. Then a few of my toes go numb ! I don't know why. That and my ankles hurt later on in the ride probably because I am putting too muck weight in them but not noticing it. When I look at other riders, their ankles have a slight downward slant, but mine are very slanted, but the stirrups are the right length
Try relaxing your legs a bit more. When I'm in the saddle I just let my legs hang and do all the work :) My heels go down from muscle memory so I don't have to worry about that.
     

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