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    Default Swivel stirrups and an active heel? Hmm?

    One of the ladies at my barn is a very nice rider, except I notice that when she trots and posts she raises her heel when she comes down in the saddle. She says that's how she uses her leg and spur on her horse. It is every stride, could this be accentuated (sp) by her stirrups? I still use good ole fashion stainless steel fillis but that's me...she has a hinged stirrup...
    IS this correct?
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    Bzzzzzzt..wrong answer. NO that is not correct.

    Whether a swivel/hinged or plain iron, that's a weak leg and a horse dead to the leg aids.

    Those swivels can make a weak leg loose and wiggly but raising the heel is something else-bad riding and an insecure position.
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    Funny thing is when she rides without stirrups her leg stays still and is a very nice rider...Could it just be a bad habit?
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    What happens if she puts the stirrup up a hole?

    I ride with my stirrups longer than would be most effective due to a knee problem, and this is an issue I fight.
    My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.

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    She rides fairly short already and has no injury that I am aware of..It would be nice to dee her ride with alonger leg. She is tail and thin and looks really nice on her horse too....They suit each other well.....
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    I've had this problem. I think she just needs to work on some sensitivity with her horse, I could give you some advice on this if you want?? (: But my advice would be to maybe have her try riding a different horse, steady her own leg, so that when she gets back on her own horse, in her own stirrups, after she's worked on the sensitivity, she won't get back into that habit.

    Also the length of the stirrups like said before could be a big factor on why her legs move, and the swivel stirrups i'm sure don't help the leg to stay still.
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    Pretty sure what you are seeing is she is standing on her toes to push up into the post.

    She needs to work on stretching the calf and tendons to allow the weight to go down into the heel instead of onto her toes and the ball of her foot. Lots of ladies get short in those from wearing heels and never using them the way they need to be used when riding.

    However, if you are not her trainer and she does not ask???? Tread lightly offering advice to help her correct what you see as wrong, especially if she is OK with it and staying on/ getting around fine. Generally, if people do not ask and it's not unsafe or abusive? Best to keep quiet.
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    I am not her trainer so I do not intend to say anything, it was more of an observation.Her heel is very deep but still comes up..Maybe it was the way she was taught I do not know. Just wanted to satisfy my own curiousity. I do not like the hinged stirrups. They do have a purpose, for someone wth an injury or something along those lines but a young healthy rider, I do not think they belong. How can you steady your foot on something that moves?
    Thanks for the view points on this. I will keep my heel down and still and not try and copy this....
    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
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