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    12-10-2010, 06:07 PM
  #21
Foal
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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
the saddle in that pic is a different saddle, but they ride the same. It just seems when I lengthen my stirups it feels like im constantly reaching for them, and loosing them
hmmm...
I had the same problem a couple of months ago. We, my teacher and I, decide to ride without stirrups, and it really helps!
Just try it. At first it will feel a bit strange, but if you did it several times your seat will getting better.
The cause of your problem could be a "hard" hip or that you cling(hang on) with your legs without realising it
Well I never saw you riding, so I canīt really tell what the cause of your problem could be
     
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    12-10-2010, 06:13 PM
  #22
Yearling
I did dislocate my hip a few years ago so sometimes it hurts to bring my horse back a bit. Im getting regular chiropractic help so it should help soon, I did take the summer off so im unfit, last summer I was able to do rising trot no stirrups no problem
     
    12-10-2010, 06:24 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
i did dislocate my hip a few years ago so sometimes it hurts to bring my horse back a bit. Im getting regular chiropractic help so it should help soon, I did take the summer off so im unfit, last summer I was able to do rising trot no stirrups no problem
This might be the point.
Good luck! :)
I bet it will get better soon.
     
    12-10-2010, 06:25 PM
  #24
Yearling
I sure hope so :)
     
    12-10-2010, 06:43 PM
  #25
Trained
Yep lunging with no stirrups does help you to be able to ride longer
     
    12-10-2010, 06:52 PM
  #26
Yearling
And it will be good if im not lunging cause I wont have to worry about controling my horse
     
    12-11-2010, 03:44 AM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by dillon    
there isnt a set length for someone who showjumps for the county and owns 4 horses all graded A there is no set length at all its what people feel comfortable in I ride shorter length then most how the leg sits is obviosuly an advantage but that's like saying someone really tall has to ride shorter then they want your leg needs to sit in a correct position to help the balancing of the horse too help you push them round and to bend into and too keep the horse between your hand and leg however there is no set rule stating where your leg should sit like I said it would be more of an advantage but it doesnt actully matter to much
I think what she was trying to say is that the "set length" is to each individual person. Hers will be different then mine, which in turn will be different then yours.

I don't think it matters wether you are short or tall as long as you have your stirrups adjusted properly to what you are doing. Your stirrups CAN be too short if you are just flatting, just like they can be too long when you are jumping.
     
    12-11-2010, 08:12 AM
  #28
Weanling
Stirrup length definitely affects your leg position but there are other things you can do to help you equitation. Here are some tips how to check to see if the length is good for you: How to Determine Correct Stirrup Length | eHow.com It is helpful to shorten them a bit with jumping, but don't go overboard. Whatever is comfortable and provides a secure seat. I personally only go up one or two holes when I'm jumping 3' or higher, but that's because I feel most secure and correct in my position at those lengths, it's different for everyone.


I'm only 5'3", but my legs are long in comparision to the rest of my body. My show horse is a big boned pant, and even though he's only 15.3h he takes up good amount of my leg with his wide barrel. What really helps me with my leg postition is riding without stirrups. Before show season starts I do most my riding without stirrupts to get my form in tip top shape. There are also some stretches that can help you reach down into your heels. When you're on your horse stand up in your stirrups and strech down into your heel, you'll start to feel it in all the muscles running down your leg, it also helps with blance when done without supporting yourself with your hands. Another exercise I do you don't even need a horse, just a stair.

It's explained well here: Exercises for Horseback Riders - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

I don't think being taller is 'better' than being short when it comes to riding. I've been the reigning equitation champ in my region for 3 years now, it just takes time and practice to perfect each little detail.
     
    12-11-2010, 11:17 AM
  #29
Yearling
^^ wow thanks for the info
     
    12-11-2010, 12:35 PM
  #30
Gus
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Hmmmm never really thought of it before....I guess I could see how you are uncomfortable, and I agree I have to have a nice seat for me to be comfy
     

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