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post #11 of 14 Old 07-25-2013, 11:16 PM
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For someone who is used to riding, and has developed the long leg that you have BSMS, then yes, a long leg won't cause you to lose stirrup position. However, in beginners, stirrups too long is the number one thing to change when stirrup position is a problem. If your stirrups are too long for your level of riding, then you will grip with your legs instead of letting them fall without restraint, and as a result the feet won't be as "heavy" as they should be, and will move.

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post #12 of 14 Old 07-26-2013, 12:05 AM
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Since the OP jumps (judging from the picture), I'm sure she wants shorter stirrups than I use. I only pointed it out to show that since you CAN use longer stirrups without danger of losing them, that length alone isn't the problem. I don't teach anyone, but I know that gripping and or bracing will cause me stirrup problems regardless of the stirrup length.

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post #13 of 14 Old 07-26-2013, 12:28 AM
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I get that. However, if you are not used to long stirrups, they will CAUSE the gripping and pinching, as you won't feel as secure, and so you grip.

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post #14 of 14 Old 07-28-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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I'd like to thank you all for your comments/advice on this situation! I can actually relate to the "pinching with the knee" scenario the best, as I feel I do it occasionally and I have to remind myself to not do it during lessons, so I think I'm really going to try working on that next lesson. During my previous lesson, she did tell me to quit using my knees quite a bit (occasionally I'd hear it once or twice in a lesson but the last one it was a bit more frequent)--so I think putting the pieces together really helped.

Again, thank you all!
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