Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
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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