On to my next question....I have had some trouble with my "leg" placement. I will post a picture (which is slightly exaggerated as we are down hill and I was extremely uncomfortable over the water). I pull my legs back in my stirrups which I am told that means they are to long and that I would go forward right over my horses head if she were to stop suddenly (which I can def. Believe). We have recently shortened them and that seems to help, but I have bad knees and I still feel like pull them back and can't kick or squeeze in the right place on my horse. I feel like I can squeeze and direct her better when my feet are out of the stirrups, but yet again when she is "feisty" (as she is still a learning, she is only 4) I like the "safety" of my stirrups. I also have trouble posting (hurts my knees), but she is such a smooth ride I am only slightly concerned about that. I hope I explained this well and I would appreciate any advice. Oh and because I keep forgetting to mention I ride western pleasure.