Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in Southern France
When my stirrups are shorter, I lose balance easier. I know it's not "proper" English riding to have stirrups where I have them, but it's how it works well for me. It's why I love Western so much (one of the reasons). The stirrups are longer and that suits me better.
I believe that with different body styles (and with that, different centers of gravity), different arrangments of tack or different types of riding (forward vs. traditional), might work for one person and yet not work for another. It behooves all riders to try different things until she/he finds what works for her/him.
I think it's great you're coming on here, getting suggestions, trying them out and having success!! That's what the forum is all about, right? Good for you!!
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare