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post #11 of 18 Old 02-20-2008, 10:05 AM
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I don't know why it's so easy to ride off the back of your calf! I noticed on my chaps that the backs were wearing a little where they shouldn't be and I've worked A LOT to get my leg in a better place. I had a pretty secure leg (and got a lot of compliments from people on it) but I've noticed a huge difference.

Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I'm sure I have my stirrups too long. I do have weight in them just more resting in them I guess. Last summer I kept lowering my stirrups, then I fell off and I want them shorter again, go figure I was trying to work my way up to bareback and not relying on the stirrups.
For basic english riding.... if you take your leg out of the stirrup and just let it dangle the iron should hit right at your ankle bone. When you jump you want to put it up a hole or two depending on how high you're jumping. I hear for western (not that I know anything about it!) the iron should hit around the bottom of your boot? I think for dressage it's somewhere around there too. I ride dressage in brown tack in my hunter length leg, HA!
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-20-2008, 05:18 PM
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western stirrup lenght is also based on personal preference... some people like shorter stirrups than other... and it also depends on the horse you are riding... you normally like shorter stirrups on green horses and longer ones on bomb-proof ones.... ultimately it's what you feel comfortable in and can keep good posture in
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-19-2008, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by upnover
I hear for western (not that I know anything about it!) the iron should hit around the bottom of your boot?
Not true.. You should start with the stirrup at or just below your ankle in western, then adjust to comfort.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-20-2008, 03:31 PM
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George Morris does say to turn toes out at least a little, 10 degrees like upnover said. He also says they should never be turned out more than 45 degrees. So somewhere between 10-45 degrees is appropriate for huntseat. And he is the authority!

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post #15 of 18 Old 03-20-2008, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by regardinghorses
And he is the authority!
that he is!

Thanks Appyt for the correction about the stirrup length!
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post #16 of 18 Old 03-21-2008, 12:39 PM
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Actually, I'm quite sure that in western your toes are supposed to be in or at least straight forward. I may be wrong.

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post #17 of 18 Old 03-21-2008, 03:22 PM
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Hmm i don't know, but my trainor never said anythin about keepin toes forward or anythin.. My toes point alittle outwards but thats just how they go i quess. As long as your heels are down i dont see why forward or alittle out would make any difference.

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post #18 of 18 Old 03-21-2008, 06:30 PM
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It is easier to have you toes pointed out. You actually have to work the muscles to keep them in. Heels down provides a stable lower leg so if your horse was to spook/buck you are much less likely to fall off. In English they say toes forward as it brings more of the leg in contact with the horse's side.
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