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  • Steeplechase stirrup leathers
  • Perfect stirrup length

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    04-16-2010, 09:41 PM
Both the above suggestions with stirrup length should work. Supposedly it gives you the same result (not for me though cause I have long arms and short legs). So I just adjust them so they hit my ankle when my leg is stretched down.
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    04-16-2010, 09:57 PM
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It totally depends what you are doing at the time.

I use seven different holes on my stirrup leathers, depending on what I am doing. From dressage, flat schooling, riding greenies, jumping small jumps, jumping bigger jumps, galloping XC, riding steeplechase.

In my opinion, there IS no "one perfect stirrup length"
    04-16-2010, 10:15 PM
Very good point Allison. I personally keep my stirrups one length, partly because I only do jumping up to 2'3" so I don't need to change my stirrups when I don't go higher or do other disicplines. And I have REALLY bad knees and using stirrups puts enough stress on them, so I need to keep the length consistantly at a length that puts as little stress on my knees as possible.
    04-18-2010, 06:15 AM
I usually either just go with what feels right (i can't use a certain hole or anything because I ride different horses every time I ride) but a lot of the time I will touch the buckle and then put my forearm against the leather and the iron will be about 4 inches below my elbow.

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