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        11-19-2013, 05:55 AM
      #21
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    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    Agreed, not many instructors will take into consideration how a person is built.

    It is something they need to do if they want to get results.

    Over the years, I have become round shouldered. This is from breaking my shoulder, collar bones and neck injury. It is impossible for me to get my shoulders back. This does not mean that I am not straight in my back or not effective, just the way these old bones are telling of youthful madness!

    I have a Ride With Your Mind (Mary Wanless) RI and the lessons are about how we use our bodies to influence the horse, our straightness and crooked issues and their impact as well as what we can physically do with the way we are put together. It is fascinating and very productive.
         
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        11-19-2013, 01:55 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    The Snowy Storm-It's a good place to start, but not a correct statement. Different disciplines require different stirrup lengths, respectively.
         
        11-19-2013, 03:10 PM
      #23
    Trained
    That's the way we always set stirrup length when you getting on a horse, hold your knuckles against the stirrup bar, and adjust so the tread of the iron fits snugly in your armpit, with arm out straight.

    Perfect length to hack with, shorten up for jumping, let down for serious schooling when you and horse have warmed up.

    LOL, of course it doesn't work for everyone all of the time, but it's what I grew up with, and still how I set my stirrups first time getting into a new saddle.
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        11-19-2013, 04:02 PM
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    That's the way we always set stirrup length when you getting on a horse, hold your knuckles against the stirrup bar, and adjust so the tread of the iron fits snugly in your armpit, with arm out straight.

    Perfect length to hack with, shorten up for jumping, let down for serious schooling when you and horse have warmed up.

    LOL, of course it doesn't work for everyone all of the time, but it's what I grew up with, and still how I set my stirrups first time getting into a new saddle.
    That's what I've always heard, and it's my starting point when getting in a different saddle or setting the length for a friend. I usually have to make some adjustments after getting on though.
         
        11-19-2013, 04:52 PM
      #25
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TheSnowyStorm    
    Your stirrups should always be the length of you arm. What Daddy thought me <3
    That's a guide, not a rule. The rule is they should be hitting your ankle bone for flatwork but even then it's about the rider's comfort and how they are built AS WELL AS what they are doing in terms of riding discipline.

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    They seem a hair too short, and you need to learn to get that weight down the inside of your leg, heel down.
         
        11-19-2013, 04:58 PM
      #26
    Trained
    It's not your knuckles, it is the entire length of your arm, armpit where the stirrup iron hits to the stirrup bar, where your fingers touch. The stirrup leather should be taught, not slack and you adjust from there. I wish you could do the same on other saddles, but for them you just hang your leg and let the bottom of the stirrup hit just below your ankle bone. It also works for English leathers and stirrups.
    This is bc there is a correlation between your arm length and your leg length, proven by Leonardo da Vinci in his famous circle drawing.
         
        11-19-2013, 05:08 PM
      #27
    Trained
    LOL, it's a guide, we used knuckles, you use fingers, then adjust to fit!Just saying what we were taught.
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