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post #11 of 35 Old 02-05-2017, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the excellent description and pictures gottatrot! Something is definitely going on because it's only in my right leg, not in my left. I do have a bit of a tilted pelvis (that's part of why I was in physiotherapy) so my legs may not be in the same position. In any case, I will pay attention to the possibility that my leg is twisting in. Because if I sit on a chair, lift my feet off the ground, push my heels down, it doesn't hurt. Same with the stretching exercises on the stairs. I only feel the pain when I twist my ankle in (no pain when turning toes out). So it sounds like this may indeed be the issue.

I definitely don't do it when I'm just riding at home or trail riding. I've done 3 hour trails and haven't had any problems. This is new and is partly due to the shorter stirrup (I will lengthen them next time and explain why - I think she'll allow it), partly due to the intensity of the lesson which is causing me to up my stress level and therefore, tense my muscles.

Thanks! This is all very helpful!
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I actually made wedge shaped pads that I put on my stirrup flat , in order to help my feet NOT roll outward. I have the outside part of the bar a bit higher than the inside. I did this using Cashel stirrup pads, and putting some pieces of felt under them in such a way as to build up the outside verses the inside. because my stirrups are on the large side, I can get away with this. if the stirrup were tightly fitted to your foot, adding any padding would be a no-no. I did, however, remove the rubber foot bed thingy first, before creating my wedge shaped pads.

you can buy already wedge shaped foot beds to exchange for the normal flat ones that are inside a Fillis iron. you might try this as an inexpensive possible solution. I just spent 5 minutes trying to find the ready made ones online for you to buy, but could not find.

I know that there are gizmos you can buy for western saddles to help the stirrup hang at an angle that is flat for your FOOT, not flat with relation to the ground. meaning, the outside is a bit higher than the inside. this makes things much easier on your knee, too.

experimenting with this positioning of the stirrup bed may help a lot.
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I actually made wedge shaped pads that I put on my stirrup flat , in order to help my feet NOT roll outward. I have the outside part of the bar a bit higher than the inside. I did this using Cashel stirrup pads, and putting some pieces of felt under them in such a way as to build up the outside verses the inside. because my stirrups are on the large side, I can get away with this. if the stirrup were tightly fitted to your foot, adding any padding would be a no-no. I did, however, remove the rubber foot bed thingy first, before creating my wedge shaped pads.

you can buy already wedge shaped foot beds to exchange for the normal flat ones that are inside a Fillis iron. you might try this as an inexpensive possible solution. I just spent 5 minutes trying to find the ready made ones online for you to buy, but could not find.

I know that there are gizmos you can buy for western saddles to help the stirrup hang at an angle that is flat for your FOOT, not flat with relation to the ground. meaning, the outside is a bit higher than the inside. this makes things much easier on your knee, too.

experimenting with this positioning of the stirrup bed may help a lot.
Great idea tiny! Except that when I ride at the lesson barn, I use their saddles. I suppose I could adjust mine and just bring it for lessons. Given that it puts my leg in a better position anyway, this might be best. Assuming it fits the horse I'm riding that day. But I don't think they worry about things like saddle fit at this barn. You just grab what's there.
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or, you can take your own stirrups/leathers and just swap out. just don't forget to re-swap back.
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or, you can take your own stirrups/leathers and just swap out. just don't forget to re-swap back.
Yes, that would be another option.
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When my tendonitis was bad, I first wrapped my irons with vet wrap, but couldn't get the angle right. Then I tried an ankle brace which I don't recommend, it's nearly impossible to ride with one without it digging into you somewhere.
Then I bought wedge pads online similar to these:


After about three or four rides I took them out and I haven't used them since.
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that's what I was looking for !!! where did yo find that ?
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I don't know where I found them originally...I was thinking Dover but I don't see them now.
Here's one source:

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Be sure to have your instructor (or your daughter!) walk or ride behind you as you go down a straightaway. Just to make sure that you are centered in the saddle both in your seat and your legs.

I've noticed with older riders (like myself!) that we have old injuries that can unconsciously cause us to ride at a tilt or favoring one side and then it becomes habit. You don't really feel it a lot of the time, your body is simply reacting and once this habit starts it can make one side of your body hurt while trying to stop the pain in a completely different part of your body. A really difficult habit to stop once it starts and not terribly noticeable from the side or to the observer that isn't looking for details.

Definitely stirrups that are too short don't help. Let's face it, we just aren't as flexible as the kids. Really though, you should bring up this pain and the stirrups with the instructor. In a group lesson, she's looking at the whole class as a whole and she needs to know about any specific issues.
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Be sure to have your instructor (or your daughter!) walk or ride behind you as you go down a straightaway. Just to make sure that you are centered in the saddle both in your seat and your legs.

I've noticed with older riders (like myself!) that we have old injuries that can unconsciously cause us to ride at a tilt or favoring one side and then it becomes habit. You don't really feel it a lot of the time, your body is simply reacting and once this habit starts it can make one side of your body hurt while trying to stop the pain in a completely different part of your body. A really difficult habit to stop once it starts and not terribly noticeable from the side or to the observer that isn't looking for details.

Definitely stirrups that are too short don't help. Let's face it, we just aren't as flexible as the kids. Really though, you should bring up this pain and the stirrups with the instructor. In a group lesson, she's looking at the whole class as a whole and she needs to know about any specific issues.
Yes, I think this is definitely what's happening, and not the first time I feel like I'm a little off. It's hardly perceptible, but sometimes, I feel like one leg is more forward than the other when I'm riding. I think this has to do with my tilted pelvis. I'm seeing an osteopath in a couple of weeks - hopefully he can tell me what to do about it. More physio may be in order.
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