When I first switched to dressage, I did a lot of stirrupless work, especially at the walk during warm up. I focused on stretching my legs and sitting as deep as possible. When we started at the trot and I picked up my stirrups, they didn't feel quite so long. I also only dropped my stirrups about one half hole a week to get used to them. But, now I'm back to hunters and oh so happy to have my stirrups jacked back up! LOL!