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        05-29-2009, 08:35 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Everyone said what I was taught. Since I ride the same horse in the same saddle with the same leathers, I don't have to change them too much, but I usually just get on and see what feels comfortable. Some horses require a different length than others, no matter the saddle, although the type of riding or saddle does make a difference.

    I have two completely different stirrup leathers on my saddle. It's terrible, and when I feel it affecting my seat, I just kick my feet out them. I find that a good way to keep your stirrups from stretching is; when mounting from the ground, try and alternate which side you mount on. I know it's "ideal" to mount from the left side, but who cares? You won't ruin your horse if you mount from the right. That way, your stirrups can at least stretch evenly. However, I ALWAYS mount from a block, or stump, or whatever I can find, and I try to just swing my leg over without actually using the stirrup.
         
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        05-29-2009, 08:48 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I learnt the armpit way :) usually it works. Sometimes though, it doesn't...
         
        05-29-2009, 08:52 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    Everyone said what I was taught. Since I ride the same horse in the same saddle with the same leathers, I don't have to change them too much, but I usually just get on and see what feels comfortable. Some horses require a different length than others, no matter the saddle, although the type of riding or saddle does make a difference.

    I have two completely different stirrup leathers on my saddle. It's terrible, and when I feel it affecting my seat, I just kick my feet out them. I find that a good way to keep your stirrups from stretching is; when mounting from the ground, try and alternate which side you mount on. I know it's "ideal" to mount from the left side, but who cares? You won't ruin your horse if you mount from the right. That way, your stirrups can at least stretch evenly. However, I ALWAYS mount from a block, or stump, or whatever I can find, and I try to just swing my leg over without actually using the stirrup.
    I'v always been taught to mount from the left side and never from the right, I guess that's just the way I've been taught.
         
        05-29-2009, 09:43 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    It feels so STRANGE mounting from the right! Lol
         
        05-29-2009, 10:52 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by DarkEquine    
    It feels so STRANGE mounting from the right! Lol
    I bet it does, I would proberly put the wrong foot in the stirrup! LoL
         
        05-30-2009, 12:55 AM
      #16
    Trained
    I know, I was always taught to mount from the left but if you think about it, why does it matter? I refuse to have a horse that won't mount from either side, from any object. I know some people who ride who have a bad leg or knee or something, and simply can't mount from the left.

    And yes, it's very, very weird to mount and lead from the right, and as far as mounting goes, I have a way harder time getting up there. It just proves how uneven I am, haha.
         
        05-30-2009, 04:47 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Well I changed my stirup lengths today and they feel great now, I cantered with Chinga today and it felt great!
         
        05-30-2009, 05:25 AM
      #18
    Showing
    I agree with ricci, it is also good for your horse to mount from both sides. You are supposed to do everything else equally on both sides so why not mounting too. Plus, there may be some instance when you have to mount from the right when out on the trail and it is nice to know that your horse won't mind. As for stirrup length, I just go with what feels comfortable and secure.

    One thing I have noticed in my western saddle (I don't know if you have the same problem in english or not) is that I ride lots of different sized horses, most of whom are pretty bulky and wide. I am also riding a 3 year old paint filly that is pretty narrow and my stirrups feel longer when I ride her than they do when I ride others who are broader.
         
        05-30-2009, 12:07 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I always learned that the stirrup bar should hit at or slightly above your ankle bone-- the stirrup-in-armpit thing doesn't usually work for me.
         
        05-30-2009, 07:48 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    I know, I was always taught to mount from the left but if you think about it, why does it matter? I refuse to have a horse that won't mount from either side, from any object. I know some people who ride who have a bad leg or knee or something, and simply can't mount from the left.

    And yes, it's very, very weird to mount and lead from the right, and as far as mounting goes, I have a way harder time getting up there. It just proves how uneven I am, haha.
    You do have a good point there!
    Come to think of it, mounting from the right might be good for me for a while, seeing as everytime I mount these days, I have to lengthen the left stirrup leathers so I can get on, THEN shorten them when I'm up! Just until I'm all healed...(I tore a cartlidge in my left knee at netball :roll:)...and it is good to have a horse which doesn't mind which side you mount/lead from. My friend's horse doesn't even like her putting his tack on from the right!!!
         

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