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        10-27-2013, 10:05 PM
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    What do you think about the length of my stirrups?

    Too short? Just right? They feel good to me but sometimes they look short. But what do you think?









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        10-27-2013, 10:07 PM
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    In the 7th pic, I'm using my heel against him, pulling/turning it up, which is why it looks shorter.
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        10-27-2013, 10:21 PM
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    Are those all for working only on the flat? To me, your stirrups look a bit short. But, your saddle might be a bit small for you. It's not the size of one's butt that dictates the saddle (though it must be big enough for one's butt, not too small there.) but , it's the length of your femur that is of more importance.

    In the following picture, you knee is almost over the knee pad, and points above the place where it should. (it should be aligned with a radiu that goes out through the farthest point of the arc of the saddle flap, yours is a few inces about that point). AND, it looks like there is not much room behind your back end to the end of the cantle. Don't they say there should be 4 finger widths between your back and the top of the cantle?

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        10-27-2013, 10:22 PM
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    I think they look a good length
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        10-27-2013, 10:50 PM
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Are those all for working only on the flat? To me, your stirrups look a bit short. But, your saddle might be a bit small for you. It's not the size of one's butt that dictates the saddle (though it must be big enough for one's butt, not too small there.) but , it's the length of your femur that is of more importance.

    In the following picture, you knee is almost over the knee pad, and points above the place where it should. (it should be aligned with a radiu that goes out through the farthest point of the arc of the saddle flap, yours is a few inces about that point). AND, it looks like there is not much room behind your back end to the end of the cantle. Don't they say there should be 4 finger widths between your back and the top of the cantle?

    I will agree that my thigh seems a bit long for the saddle, like you said, therefore needing a larger seat size. (I will eventually be looking for a new saddle.)
    So do you think it's the saddle and not as much my stirrup length?
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        10-27-2013, 11:11 PM
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    I don't think your stirrups look too bad, but I agree that your saddle looks too small. I have a friend going through the long legged saddle fitting problem, so I understand the pain there!
         
        10-28-2013, 11:29 AM
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    If I'm not mistaken, you are AQHA, right? For AQHA, I would drop your stirrup a hole. Maybe two. They love a long leg. For jumping or regular Hunter Under Saddle, your leg is perfect where it is.
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        10-28-2013, 11:31 AM
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    For me they look a bit short and in some of the photos your heel looks jammed down too far and not soft and springy.
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        10-28-2013, 01:19 PM
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    ^xJumperx is right. Preferred stirrup length has a lot to do with what associations and disciplines you want to be showing with and in.
         
        10-28-2013, 01:28 PM
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    Originally Posted by Zexious    
    ^xJumperx is right. Preferred stirrup length has a lot to do with what associations and disciplines you want to be showing with and in.

    I had assumed for flatwork / dressage schooling / general riding as the photos seem to show that.
         

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