Originally Posted by Kayty
ok first thing will be to get your stirrups at an appropriate length. What type of english saddle are you riding in? In a dressage saddle, the bottom of your stirrups should bump against your ankle bone when you allow your legs to stretch down out of the stirrups.
Another easy way to measure your sturrips is to get off your horse. Then, grab one of the sturrips and angle it towards you. Slide your hand to the very top of the sturrip strap. Basically, your using your arm as a unit of measure the length of the sturrip. The actual sturrip should be right in your armpit and your hand should be at the top of the sturrip strap. If it is not, your sturrip is too long and you need to shorten it until it is :)