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post #1 of 5 Old 07-04-2013, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Taking up stirrups for jumping

How much should you take your stirrups up when jumping? I won't be jumping more than 2 feet.
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Hmm.. If only two feet, probably just feel it out. Don't put it up any at first, and if you are struggling, then put it up a hole. If that's still ehh, then put it up a second hole, and figure out what felt best. (: I normally keep mine at a medium length and shorten if I have anything set up that's over 3 foot.
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I have three stirrup lengths I ride at. My flatting length, my in-between length for a combination of flatting and smaller jumps which is one hold shorter than my flatting, then my jumping length which is one more hole shorter.
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LOL!!

I used to have six different lengths! From the longest to the shortest;

1. Competition dressage
2. Dressage schooling
3. Riding very green horses or hacking out
4. Schooling small jumps
5. Riding big jumps
6. Steeplechase (when it was part of eventing)
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Unless you're riding really long if you're new to jumping I wouldn't raise them at all to start with for a 2ft jump - you don't want to getting into an exaggerated forward position for this height - just makes it easier to get catapulted off if you don't have a really firm seat
Maybe post a pic of your normal length?
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