View Full Version : Dressage: Do you ever tie stirrups?

Dec. 28, 2010, 05:50 PM
:uhoh: I've developed a nasty habit and the root cause was identified today while I was having a semi casual lesson by an HJ instructor. I'm tightening my inner thigh and holding my breath. If I breathe (like lamaze breathe) my thigh lets go.
To help me sort through it, she tied my stirrups (I was in my CC saddle, not dressage) to the girth. It allowed me to just focus on my breath and the energy flowing down my leg.
I'm digging the process, but I'm a wee concerned it may be counter productive for dressage. After all dressage isn't about keeping your leg dead still on a horse's side like it is in HJ.
Have any of you ever tied your stirrups?

Dec. 28, 2010, 06:07 PM
A European dressage trainer tied my stirrups to the saddle for a couple of dressage lessons where we were working on my seat in general. It seemed to help with developing muscle memory for where the legs should be in the resting position.

Dec. 28, 2010, 06:16 PM
Considering ultimately you want your lower leg, for the most part, off, no.

IME people hold on with their thigh, or hands, because their core/seat are not functioning correctly. Holding your breath will for sure stop you from doing that. Do you know why you hold your breath?

Dec. 28, 2010, 06:16 PM
This is an old remedy for a wobbly leg. I had my stirrups ties back in the early 60's for awhile. It seems to let you realize where your leg should be but honestly, the year I spent on a longe horse was much more beneficial.

Dec. 28, 2010, 06:25 PM
Do you know why you hold your breath? Because I've spent the past year without an instructor, and supplementing my riding with rehabbing psycho greenies :lol:
I'd kill for a dressage trainer in JoCo (don't laugh)... I do have a trailer ;)

Dec. 28, 2010, 06:28 PM
Well maybe you should plan a road trip?

Dec. 28, 2010, 06:31 PM
Well maybe you should plan a road trip?

...let's get out of this snow mess, and get my horse's tweak from being pent up 100% in the past (been sound in light rides 5 days now) and then most def :D

Dec. 29, 2010, 12:20 AM
I used to have my stirrups tied all the time when I was young.. my legs looked like windshield wipers when I cantered.