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post #1 of 23 Old 09-10-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Feeling unbalanced in my position - Left leg? See anything?

Hey guys!

So I've noticed a lot of people seem to think one of their legs is longer than the other when adjusting stirrups. For me, I feel like my right leg is secure and my left leg is swimming above the stirrup. They are adjusted to exactly the same hole on either side, two from the top. I tried bringing the left one up a hole, but then it feels too high. I also notice it's hard for me to keep my heels down on the left side and using that leg is also harder. I wonder if there's something else? Like that leg just being weaker? I try and put my weight in that stirrup and it just doesn't work so well.

I recently switched my mare to running to the left barrel first; This means two right turns, which means two turns where my weight needs to go to my outside (left) stirrup. I feel like she's running better, but I feel I'm still inhibiting her ability to turn because I can't get my weight over there. I also lose that stirrup a lot more recently (I also had a none-horse related accident which it's coming back from involving that leg, but this problem with the stirrups has happened for years).

That sounds a little jumbled but does anyone have any advice?

Here's some pics from our Eq. Team days so you can see before our accident, in case you see something off? idk.

Right side spin, stronger leg to the inside.



Left spin, weaker leg to the inside.



My legs look really uneven in this one I think.



Same thing here.





I dropped my inside shoulder in here I think. She turned good but she could of turned better... (My left leg was my outside leg this time, so the weight needs to be there.)




Maybe it's not my leg at all, maybe it's my pelvis and seat?

LOL, Okay I'll shut up. What do you guys think?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Well here's some videos if you want too...I'm really desperate to find something to do about this, if you can't tell! I wonder if it's a physical block or just a mental block?



Is bareback any better?


Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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It looks like you are leaning hard into your right stirrup.

Try standing in your stirrups every so often.

But it also looks like the left side is a smidge too short.. I think maybe your leaning in the right stirrup caused it to stretch a little. You can see the angle of your thighs is different on each side.

Just my observations, I could be wrong.
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I am by NO WAY an expert, but that's exactly what I was going to say.
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Just subbing as I have the same problem, although in the opposite side of my body. I bought new stirrup leathers because my legs constantly looked and felt so uneven in the old ones.

I buy the leathers stretching out due to heavy leaning explanation, but I'm worried that in my case, I'd have to buy a new pair every 4-6 months at this rate given how crooked I am!
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Just subbing as I have the same problem, although in the opposite side of my body. I bought new stirrup leathers because my legs constantly looked and felt so uneven in the old ones.

I buy the leathers stretching out due to heavy leaning explanation, but I'm worried that in my case, I'd have to buy a new pair every 4-6 months at this rate given how crooked I am!
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Have you tried chiropractic work or stretching more on just that side?

I used to be the same way but both things have helped me to be a little more even

We all have flaws, we aren't perfect. But anything helps :)

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Does the same thing happen on other horses?

I just ask because, for the longest time, I've felt so off balance with Lacey when I ride her in a saddle. I never really noticed until I started riding in my Aussie and now it REALLY bothers me. I assumed it was some kind of a manufacturing problem on the Aussie but figured that since Lacey doesn't seem inconvenienced, it must not bother her.
Anyway, after I started riding other horses more in my Aussie, I realized that the problem was not the Aussie and the problem was not me: IT'S LACEY!! haha
Upon investigation, I discovered that her shoulder blade extends back about an inch farther on her left side than her right shoulder does, and that makes my saddle twist to relieve pressure off her shoulder, which creates a crooked me.

Anyway, in Lacey's case, I'm not sure if some chiro would help or what...but it's not like we have a chiro around here that could look at her! :/
But that might something to look into.

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Sorrel do you have scoliosis at all? Because when I look at the pics I see your pelvis and shoulders looking uneven?

Or it could be the stirrup leathers, but maybe worth getting your back checked?
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Do you have any bareback or stirrupless photos?

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I was also going to ask if you'd been to a chiro. If you haven't, I suggest you go and see if that helps. I can usually tell when I'm out in my back or my hips because I start having the exact same issue you are describing; I feel crooked in the saddle and one stirrup feels longer than the other.

I go to the chiro, he straightens me out, and everything starts working the way it should...until I take another fall or throw my back out again LOL.
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