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Why Do I Lose My Stirrups?

When your feet feel stable and “connected” to the stirrups, the rest of your riding can also improve.

The stirrups help us stabilize in the saddle, allowing us to better use our legs and, when needed, redistribute our weight.

But if you find one or both stirrups constantly wiggling on your foot, sliding towards your heel or your foot dropping out completely, it can be frustrating, let alone take a way your feeling of balance and stability. You can choose to view a wandering stirrup as a helpful indicator that how you are positioning yourself or moving elsewhere in your body needs to be improved.

 

In my experience as a riding instructor, there are three moves I notice riders doing that quickly result in a sliding or lost stirrup.

I’ll demonstrate each one in the video below.

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