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  • Feet get numb during rides??

    Anyone else have this problem? After about a 1/2 hour my feet start to feel numb.

    This happens with my AP saddle, Western saddles, and my Aussie.

    Only thing that helps is taking my feet out of the stirrups and letting them dangle for a few minutes, but starts up soon as I put them back in..

    Stirrups too long? Too short?

    Thanks...
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    Too much weight carried on your feet, due to an improperly balanced saddle. You should be carrying more weight through your seat. To test this theory, pad your saddle up a bit at the pommel.
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      #3
      Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
      Too much weight carried on your feet, due to an improperly balanced saddle. You should be carrying more weight through your seat. To test this theory, pad your saddle up a bit at the pommel.
      Thanks... I'll give it a try. Really stinks to look forward to a nice long ride and then feel sore and numb after a 1/2 hr.

      Would this be a conformation issue if this happens with several different saddles?
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      • #4
        sounds like an equitation issue. think when you ride "equal weight in my feet as my seat, and equal weight in my toe as my heel"
        Also remembering knees pushing against the earth helps me to align myself properly.
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          Originally posted by Petstorejunkie View Post
          sounds like an equitation issue. think when you ride "equal weight in my feet as my seat, and equal weight in my toe as my heel"
          Also remembering knees pushing against the earth helps me to align myself properly.
          Strangely, it only happens when I'm trail riding. In the ring, I'm fine. Unless I'm getting sloppy out there?

          I just bought an Aussie saddle, and according to the DVD, your feet should be placed forward, not in the typical position.

          But I will remember the equal weight distribution. Hopefully that will help.
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          • #6
            Try wider, padded stirrups like these:

            http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/1087/ES50

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              #7
              That's another idea. I have an Abetta Endurance and could probably take them off of that and put them on my new saddle.
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                Originally posted by Huntertwo View Post
                Would this be a conformation issue if this happens with several different saddles?
                Shouldn't be, because your saddles are meant to be fitted and balanced (back to front) to the conformation of that horse. Could be a saddle fitting problem though. Besides it's a lot easier to adjust a saddle than the alternative.
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                • #9
                  It **IS** the stirrups. Change over to endurance stirrups, and your problem will go away. That is why endurance stirrups were made - to help give the feet a better, wider, more shock absorbing platform to prevent foot fatigue over the long miles. It has nothing to do with your balance or saddle fitting. Zero. Zip. That's why narrow stirrups don't give you a problem in the ring -- because you spend only 1 hour at the most in there, not enough time to fatigue your feet.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, try the endurance stirrups. You might also have success with putting a gel insole in whatever boots you ride in and/or switching to a different boot. As much as I dislike Ariat, I do need their stiffness (plus gel) if I'm going to be on the trails for a long time. And you should be able to freely wiggle your toes in a boot.

                    I used to use the endurance stirrups, but the torque--even with English leathers--was too much for my issues. I've been using the MDC ultimates (bendy and with offset eye) for a few years now, and they really help as I don't end up with weight concentrated on the edge of the stirrup, but rather spread over the whole footpiece.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Huntertwo View Post
                      Strangely, it only happens when I'm trail riding. In the ring, I'm fine. Unless I'm getting sloppy out there?

                      I just bought an Aussie saddle, and according to the DVD, your feet should be placed forward, not in the typical position.

                      But I will remember the equal weight distribution. Hopefully that will help.
                      Same here! I'm hoping to upgrade from riding in my old English saddle to an endurance saddle with decent stirrups this year. But this will happen to me even in my husband's Aussie saddle (which still has "regular" stirrups)

                      When you say you're fine in the ring, but not OK trail riding... do you trot/canter on the trail? I find that an occasional posting trot helps get my circulation going and I can actually ride LONGER if I mix some trotting in than if I simply walk. That is how I've been solving the problem for now.

                      Next I have to figure out how to get my knees to stop hurting, but they hurt when I'm not on a horse too... hoping a stirrup upgrade there will also help.

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                        Thanks everyone - I'll try another ride today with the endurance stirrups and take it from there.
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                        • #13
                          I used to have the same problem many years ago. I switched EZ ride endurance stirrups and have no more numbness.
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                          • #14
                            My husband used to have this problem. Switching stirrups didn't help. What did help was changing boots - it was his boots that were causing the problem. I had another friend with the same problem, I suggested changing boots and that solved her problem too. Just a thought.

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                            • #15
                              Every once in a while I would have my feet go numb on long rides, also. I realized I was putting to much weight into my stirrups. I rode western on the trails and always had on boots. I then started sitting more on my seat and the numbness went away.

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                              • #16
                                Just my 2 sense!

                                As a nurse....I can't help thinking there's a circulation impairment or nerve irritation that's happening. Maybe it needs to be evaluated by a doc. Make sure your boots aren't cutting circulation any. Does it tingle when the numbness goes away and the feeling comes back? Like when you're arm goes to sleep in bed? THATS circulation issues. Do you wear different clothing or use different tack when you ride in both places?
                                I would try longer stirrups maybe?

                                I've also used those stirrup pad cushions made by Cashel Cushions too. But I agree with the EZ Riders idears!

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                                • #17
                                  This used to happen to me to- It was not a stirrup issue nor a saddle issue- It was a me issue.
                                  I was fortunate that while I was having this problem- I happened to be in a riding clinic with Wendy Murdoch and I asked her about it. We worked on my seat and balance- plus I went home with a bunch of core exercises. Definitely solved the problem for me.
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                                  • #18
                                    Get someone to photo and video you as you ride. If you have a seat issue the lens will show it.

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                                    • #19
                                      If it's happening after only about a half hour I wouldn't think the width of the stirrups is probably causing it. I would agree with that on longer rides, though.

                                      I think most likely you're either getting sloppy on the trail and putting too much weight in your stirrup (easy to do), or you're wearing different tack or attire and something is cutting off circulation. Do you ride in the same clothes and boots whether you're in the ring or on the trail?
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                                        Originally posted by wateryglen View Post
                                        As a nurse....I can't help thinking there's a circulation impairment or nerve irritation that's happening. Maybe it needs to be evaluated by a doc. Make sure your boots aren't cutting circulation any. Does it tingle when the numbness goes away and the feeling comes back? Like when you're arm goes to sleep in bed? THATS circulation issues. Do you wear different clothing or use different tack when you ride in both places?
                                        I would try longer stirrups maybe?

                                        I've also used those stirrup pad cushions made by Cashel Cushions too. But I agree with the EZ Riders idears!
                                        No tingling sensation... They just get numb until I let my feet dangle or take them out of the stirrups.

                                        In this particular case, I do think it is the Aussie saddle. Went out for another ride today with endurance stirrups.

                                        The stirrups did make a difference. My feet felt fine.

                                        OTOH, I just called Down Under to authorize returning the saddle. It is just not comfortable. The first time out I liked it.
                                        It just puts you in an odd position and just can't get used to riding with feet forward.

                                        Maybe I'm just getting old... but the back of my thighs were so sore the past couple of rides. I thought it was related to the numbness, but today regardless of the stirrups, I was still sore. Perhaps the odd riding position?

                                        Gosh, I sound like one of those little old ladies complaining to the world over every ache and pain.

                                        But to answer a few questions, I usually wear loose jeans and paddock boots to ride in.

                                        Why did I ever sell my Bob Marshall???
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                                        Last edited by Huntertwo; Mar. 18, 2010, 04:21 PM.
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