09-16-2010, 11:36 AM
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PonyMad-- For most people the span of your arms from tip to tip across your chest is normally equal to how tall you are....so if you have the right body proportions, if you use the length of your arm to help measure the stirrups, it will "generally" be close. Close, not perfect. If you happen to have really long legs like another poster said they do, it most likely isnt going to work.
It is all about experimenting. It helps if you have your own saddle because you shouldnt have to change the stirrup leathers everytime you ride. Now if you are like me and just take lessons....other kids will be using that school horses saddle....requiring you to adjust them everytime you ride. The arm thing works for me because I happen to be of the short legged variety, but it still isnt 100% perfect and I normally still have to adjust a hole or 2 in either direction. I would rather be "close" then get on and have stirrups way too long or way too short, depending on who rode before me.