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Feet Going In and Out of Stirrups

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  • live.love.lope. Original Poster
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    Hello! I’ve noticed when I’m riding English, my feet slide in and out of the stirrups when I’m posting the trot mostly, and sometimes at the canter. My feet are usually way to far in the stirrup or I am losing my stirrup. Any ideas of what might be causing this? My stirrup length is normal. Thanks!

    Joan Fry
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    I’m not sure what you mean by “normal.” The stirrup length a dressage instructor insisted I use during lessons is too long for trail riding, and since I spend most of my time trail riding, I shortened them. No more lost stirrup irons. The more leg you can put on your horse, the better you can communicate with him, but if you lose your stirrups at two out of three gaits, you’re not really communicating–you’re kicking your horse in the stomach trying to get your stirrup irons back. Good luck and let us know if shortening them helps!

    islandfjord
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    There are 4 reasons that I can think of that you may be having this problem:

    -Stirrups too long (already mentioned)
    -Not enough weight in your heels
    -Horse not carrying himself and making you work too hard and in the process you are drawing your leg up or you draw your leg up because you are not balanced enough which could happen if you are riding a new horse and you aren’t quite with the rhythm
    -Stirrup iron too wide

    Hope that helps.

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