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        10-01-2013, 07:34 PM
      #111
    Foal
    Wow, you all have really had it out over here. XD Thanks for all the information, I guess. Right now I'm taking from a hunt seat trainer (I think I already said that). I'm used to trail riding in a dressage saddle, so it's a big change. I feel like my knees are crunched up to my stomach. :P I'm still figuring out if I want to do this or just bite the bullet and find a dressage trainer.
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        10-02-2013, 09:02 AM
      #112
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    Good luck with your progress.
    Can I just say that in the UK at least - where 'English riding' comes from!!! - the only time we ride with short stirrups to the extent you're describing that feels like you're knees are scrunched up is when we're actually jumping and the really long stirrups for in more advanced dressage when you're working in sitting trot (no posting at all). The remainder of the time we use a 'general purpose seat' similar to this
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        10-02-2013, 09:36 AM
      #113
    Green Broke
    TrailDustMelody you might just change to a Dressage Trainer. I'm not sure that people that begin HS are understanding that 2-point is a crouched and low-to-the-saddle position. Too many of them are reaching and too far out of the saddle, perched in precarious positions that can cause you to lose your balance and fall while jumping. It is just like the root of the phrase "reaching", as in reaching too far, as what you should NOT do while high up on a ladder.
    The shorter stirrups are to create a spring in your legs, but, just like a frog, you should be balanced at every level of the spring. It is also more physically demanding than a very long leg and that is why, I believe I now prefer a very long stirrup, being 55yo and less athletic than in my physical prime as a 27yo.
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