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Ok, thats it! I'm tying my stirrups to my girth...but...HOW?

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  • Ok, thats it! I'm tying my stirrups to my girth...but...HOW?

    I've decided that my leg needs training. Its strong. I rode for like 2 weeks on the longe and on the flat w/o stirrups. Two point, sitting, posting, everything. Still...Swinging leg o/f.

    I heard that my trainer said that he "wished he could tie my stirrups to my girth" (i think its a college liability thing). So I'm going to do it on my own. Or suggest it. Or something.

    How exactly do I go about doing this? The, er...attaching? And with what? Yarn? Twine? Lead ropes?

    Floppy Leg...icky!

    Rebecca and SNL (Stewie)

  • #2
    Maybe it was just a saying. Like "i was it was physically possible to do that" bc tying your stirrups to your girth wont help your leg become any stronger....just more and more and more leg work!

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    • #3
      I'll probably get roasted for even trying to help you pirateer, but spur straps work the best. Shhhhhh!


      • #4
        There's this new british product (the same company that makes the flex boots) that ties your stirrups to the girth, but it uses some sort of safety release, maybe that would be better.


        • #5
          Ummm... gulp... eek... {hangs head in shame} I resorted to this once just to get the feel of keeping my leg in one place.

          I was kind of scared to do it though. So I cut some fat rubber bands into long strings and used them to tie my stirrups to the girth.
          They broke pretty easily. Actually, that turned out to be a good thing because it was so easy to break them that I really had to concentrate on holding my leg steady.

          Word to the wise--make sure you have a tall mounting block if you tie them up yourself. I ended up breaking a ton of rubber bands just trying to get on the darn horse!

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          • #6
            I wouldn't recommend this at all. My old trainer did it to me and now my knees are permenantly messed up. It's not worht it. Bareback riding can fix it just as well.


            • Original Poster

              Well. We aren't allowed to ride bareback on the school horses....and my horse is in Alaska, not that I could even get on him bareback...

              Anyway, my leg is plenty strong, but it just has bad habits that i want fixed.

              Rebecca and SNL (Stewie)


              • #8
                I've seen bailing twine used... breaks easily in case you and your horse part ways.


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                • #9
                  If you decide to try this, use something that breaks easily - the challenge is to finish the ride with the yarn (or whatever) still intact. One strand of yarn will help you get the feel, but will definitely break before you get into trouble.


                  • #10
                    Might I humbly suggest focusing on NOT gripping with your knees and using your calves before resorting to tying the stirrups.

                    I don't think typing will help you much except when your stirrups are actually tied. Once you get rid of that artificial stabalizing, you'll fall back into the same habits.

                    It looks from the picture like you HAVE the muscles and the ability, you just need to focus on position. I sympathize. I spend my ENTIRE hacks and lessons thinking (--in beat to the trot or canter--) "grip with calves, not with knees" "grip with calves, not with knees." It's hard, but I think focus is better than gimmicks when it comes to fixing equitation (just my 2 cents).


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                    • #11
                      If you must...use rope bindertwine it will break if you only use one thickness which is safest.

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                      • #12
                        Maybe it isn't a matter of leg strength - maybe you need to go over small gymnastics and drill into your head pushing into your heel in the air. Standing up a couple strides before like a beginner helps because you can just hold that positionover the fence.



                        • #13
                          A friend (yeah, really!!!!!) used two breakaway dog collars, the kind with the safety releases...


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                          • #14
                            The best way to strengthen your lower leg is a LOT of HALF SEAT. Of course, you may want to put burrs on your knees to ensure that you are not gripping with them!

                            Truly, that works... By a lot, I mean starting with 10-20 minutes at the trot - go for a hack and do it, makes the time go quicker

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                            • #15
                              I went to your webshots hoping to see your leg on the flat and there were shots of you and your horse Stewie (very cute ). IMHO I think you need to work on lengthening your leg (not shortening your stirrup) and getting your heels down. You had a similar problem on the flat (pict of you cantering). You had your heel level and it was almost up instead of down and you were gripping with your knee. I think the folks who suggested the two point work are on to something. Think about relaxing your knees and ankles instead of stabalizing your position with your knee. I have similar problems and I have been working on two point as well. Good Luck


                              • #16
                                So pick your tie of choice. Spur straps do work well.

                                The safest spot (and least restrictive) would be bottom layer of the stirrup leather to the girth just under the saddle pad.

                                The lower on the girth the more restrictive. Hopefully, it will give you a feel for where you need to be and you can then go back to practicing maintaining that feel without the strap.

                                There is a safety issue and I am not advocating, just answering the question.

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                                • #17
                                  You need something that will break in an accident. I wouldn't use spur straps, for that reason. You can double over braiding yarn. Shhh. But you didn't hear it from me.

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                                  • #18
                                    It may not be your leg that needs strengthening, but rather what you're doing with your upper body. I haven't seen pix of you, so I'm going on zero information. But if you've done all the stirrup-less work you said you did, I doubt that your legs aren't strong.

                                    Try work without reins. With your instructor present, tie your reins up. Do all the WTC stuff, and then try going over cavalletti. Concentrate on not using your hands to balance, and rather keeping your seat deep and your upper body up off the horizontal. Without your hands to balance on, you will be forced to balance on your legs (and not just your knees) and to keep your body back.
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                                    • #19
                                      and it could be one more thing- the saddle itself.

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                                      • #20
                                        If bare back and no hands don't fix ya, SADDLE TIGHT, FRICTION WAX. SSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH