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My irons wont stay in place! Pic added!

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  • My irons wont stay in place! Pic added!

    Does anyone have this issue? I start out with my iron on the ball of my foot, but then I'm in the middle of my course and my iron is all tweaked. I feel like I am constantly having to readjust! What am I doing wrong? More 2-point? Different irons? Thanks for your replies!
    Last edited by HorsRdr477; May. 14, 2010, 05:59 PM.

  • #2
    More weight in your heal! If your weight is in the stirrups as they should be they really shouldn't be able to move around. I am guessing your lower leg probably slides back a bit more then you'd like over fences as well.........


    • #3
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      • #4
        Can't tell without pictures, but there's a lot of people who ride with waaay too long stirrups for jumping. They should hit about the top of your ankle bone. Then do a lot of two point!
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        • Original Poster

          Here's a good pic of my feet while jumping... http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...=1169566801394

          From what I can see, it looks like I have plenty of weight in my feet.


          • #6
            Are the rubber grips (no, I am not suggesting the cheese grater-y things) worn down? If they are worn down, it does make it easier for your foot to slip around. I think you can buy replacements for just a few bucks.
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            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by LShipley View Post
              Are the rubber grips (no, I am not suggesting the cheese grater-y things) worn down? If they are worn down, it does make it easier for your foot to slip around. I think you can buy replacements for just a few bucks.
              I have the cheese grater pads. I actually bought them a few years ago with hope that it might alleviate my little problem, but not so much luck. Do you think the jointed stirrups might help. Perhaps those would help me be a bit more flexible!


              • #8
                you look like youve got plenty of weight in your heels! its possible that your soles of your boots are worn down and lost traction, or the stirrup pads have lost traction. or both!! start by replacing stirrup pads, see if it makes a difference. (much cheaper than getting new boots!) then if you still have the same problem, might be time fo rnew boots. if you wear your riding boots EVERYWHERE, i suggest maybe keeping them in your trunk for just riding, put them on right before and then take off right after. mine last MUCH longer that way, and i just wear muck boots for the rest of the time that im not on a horse

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                • #9
                  Maybe you don't keep your weight in your heels on the landing? No experience with this problem, just throwing out a guess! Does it happen when you're flatting too or just when you jump?


                  • #10
                    It looks like you ride off the back of your leg a bit - maybe that's affecting the distribution of weight down into your heel, and giving you moments without enough pressure to keep the stirrup? (Like... at some point you are gripping more with your leg than truly stretching down in your heel?) Try putting a little more emphasis on the inside part of your foot (think of making the ball of your foot lower than the outside) and see if that doesn't tweak your position just enough to keep your stirrup still.
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                    • #11
                      I've heard lots of rave reviews of these:
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                      • #12
                        More problem on one side than another? Any back, knee, or hip issues? I have the same issues with my left foot but have a issues on my left side (back) and as you know, everything is connected.


                        • #13
                          Hate to break it to you, the problem isn't the stirrups or the treads on your boots, etc. If you have the proper and consistent weight distribution throughout your leg and into your heel, your stirrup won't move. At some point, you are taking enough weight out of your heel to allow the stirrup to move. Fix that and it won't matter if you have old skool rubber stirrup pads, cheese graters, magnets, bendy stirrups, whatever.

                          FWIW...I'm having some issue with this right now. I've never had the problem before, despite using 20+ year old stirrup pad (regular old white nubby things) but I'm working on correcting my leg position and am sometimes redistributing weight and it's affecting my stirrup placement.
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                          • #14
                            Are you locking your heels down too far? I recently found out that I've been pushing my heels down too far which not only took my leg off but eliminated any softness. I've since softened my ankle still keeping weight in my heel but not pushing it down and that has helped both my leg position and keeping my irons.
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                            • #15
                              In pic 20 your stirrups are really uneven. If you ride with them that way, all of the time, it might be contributing to the problem. It also looks like your foot is too far home in the stirrup for most of the pics.


                              • #16
                                Honestly, I feel as though you're pinching with your knee, even though your heels are down (it's possible to do!) . It looks like you are into your knee a bit and bracing your lower leg away, instead of wrapping it more around your horse. Try consciously taking pressure out of your knee and stepping down evenly over the fences to see if that helps. Pressure or pinch in your knee would cause you to shift the iron around your foot even for a split second. Great pictures, though.. cute horse!


                                • #17
                                  Try the Ontyte system. Most tack stores carry a test kit so you can try them out. www.ontyte.com


                                  • #18
                                    I agree that your stirrups look WAY uneven. That could certainly be why you are constantly shifting weight around!
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Elementgrl2 View Post
                                      Try the Ontyte system. Most tack stores carry a test kit so you can try them out. www.ontyte.com
                                      Ugh...what a terrible invention that system is. it's like saying "hey, don't worry about learning to ride correctly, we'll just use some science to keep your feet in the stirrups."
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by RugBug View Post
                                        Ugh...what a terrible invention that system is. it's like saying "hey, don't worry about learning to ride correctly, we'll just use some science to keep your feet in the stirrups."
                                        Well, speaking as someone who has pins in my ankle that limit my flexibility, something like this can be really helpful when I start to lose strength in my ankle after a half hour or so of riding and my foot starts slipping. One ankle is fine and one isn't so something like this can really help someone like me who rides fine except for a physical limitation.

                                        I don't have OnTytes but I can see the appeal and have thought about them. Right now I have the supercomforts linked above. I can't make myself use the OnTytes but after years of physical therapy and my ankle having no hope of being anything more than about 70% as flexible as it was, having the option is nice.

                                        Just providing a situation where something like that could be useful. for disabled or para riders as well, come to think of it.
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