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post #11 of 16 Old 11-22-2012, 07:56 AM
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Wow. I wouldn't be able to keep my feet in the stirrups either if my toes were pointing to the stars. Your flexibility is impressive - I could never bend like that.

Do this experiment. While out of the saddle, put your boot into the iron and look at how much of the sole actually touches the pad on the iron. I'm pretty sure only the a thin line at the very edge is making contact. That's not enough friction to keep your foot in. The entire area around the ball of your foot should be making contact with the entire pad. Also, with your heel that low, there's just a lot of force and weight acting to pull down (out) of the iron.
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-22-2012, 08:43 AM
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Wear high heels around the house for a few weeks, will surely shorten your calves and reduce the flex in your ankle!!

(I say this, because I had a riding buddy, who had a night job (lol stripper, she was a nice enough girl though....just a little misguided) and she had to wear heels all night....it really shortened her calves and she had to stand tippy toe on the edge of a stair to stretch them back out!!!!)
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-22-2012, 09:12 AM
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Just relax you ankle and heel, it should be nearly level (very slightly down) and the ankle should be "springy", then your stirrups wont ping out.
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Hah, some of your comments crack me up. Yes, I've actually considered the high heels thing. Never done it though cause they hurt like crazy!

I realize my heels are way far down in that image. Like I said, that's not usual (it was during a long gallop to the next fence, and Roxy was quite strong. The frames around that one shows my heel in a more correct position, but they're a little fuzzy so I picked a clear one that you can see my stirrup in.) I do have extremely hyper-flexible ankles. I've ALWAYS had a really deep heel (well, not quite that deep... but definitely down) and my leg has always been very strong. I've never had issues with the stirrups sliding before, even with consistently deep heels. I actually have been having issues with not keeping my heels deep enough lately as a result of riding slow horses that needed quite a bit of, ahem, encouragement.

I did some work today that I think may have been somewhat beneficial, but it's still a big issue. I alternated between standing with flat heels, deep heels, and my heels UP (like wearing heels) in two point at the walk and trot. It was generally okay, until I sat back down or posted the trot; then they still slid around. I tried keeping my weight more on the ball of my foot (I put the stirrup a little past where it should be, as in the stirrup pad was like a half inch too close to my heel) which helped but again, as soon as I posted or cantered they slid. I think it's because I'm not keeping my weight in the correct place consistently? They slide the most at the posting trot and canter, where you naturally bounce a little more. I also lengthened my stirrup a hole today which helped a tad, but definitely nothing drastic.

I attached a picture from a week or two ago that shows my more typical heel position (again, ignore my stiff upper body. My riding has, obviously, been a complete wreck lately.) Just so you all don't think I'm crazy and always ride with heels like that
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-22-2012, 02:53 PM
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Well good to see your heels are not usually like that. However your foot is still not far enough in the stirrup. You could almost go another inch further in the stirrup.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-22-2012, 10:56 PM
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Might sound like a silly question, but you haven't changed saddle or stirrup leathers lately have you? Or even maybe swapped the stirrups over to the opposite sides of the saddle?

I ask that because if I ride in certain saddles or swap my leathers over my riding is HORRIBLE. That is because I have scoliosis and one side of my pelvis smaller than the other but hey ;)

It may be something simple though as you needing a chiropractic adjustment. Have you had a fall or an injury lately? There may be tension in your hips that you don't notice or something small like that. It's worth a shot :)

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