How do I keep my stirrups in sitting trot?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do I keep my stirrups in sitting trot?”

Some people when they’re trotting, they’re like, “God, this is bouncy. This is really hard.”

They start gripping with their knees and do you see what happens as I start to grip with my knees? My legs move in the stirrups, which then mean, “Oh crap, I’ve lost them.” Because they were bouncing in the stirrups.

 

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Hey riding superstars. Today I’m going to answer the question, how do you keep your stirrups in trot?

Okay, so how do you keep your stirrups in sitting trot? So, most people … not most people. Some people when they’re trotting, they’re like, “God, this is bouncy. This is really hard.” And they start gripping with their knees and do you see what happens as I start to grip with my knees? My legs move in the stirrups, which then mean, “Oh crap, I’ve lost them.” Because they were bouncing in the stirrups.

See how it’s only just luck that I haven’t lost it? Whoops. And now I’ve lost it. Now I’ve lost it. So, if that’s you, the key and the answer is to get more weight down through to your heels and down through your ankles. So, see how now my leg’s still moving, because your leg moves, or your foot moves when you’re sitting trot.

But because I’ve got weight down through my ankle, I’m never going to lose my stirrup because my heel is down. And there’s weight down through the stirrup. So not this. See how now there’s no weight in the stirrup? That’s why it’s moving. The minute I get weight down through it, it doesn’t ever move.

So if that’s you, that you’re losing your feet in sitting trot, get weight down there, feel that stirrup iron, and make sure you’ve got weight down through it, and it will never fall out. Because you’ve got something on it. The minute you grip with your knee, and it’s now moving like this, because you don’t have any weight, you’re screwed. So just do it in walk. Get weight down through the ankle, heels down, weight down, and you’ll be fine.

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