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!