My riding experience is only trot, posting trot, and canter on the lounge (very very insecure about this last one though)
I have however an issue with the stirrups.
I can do well the sitting trot without stirrups
I can do very well posting trot without stirrups too!
However with stirrups, everything goes to waste.
Sitting trot - I get bounced very hard and I find it impossible almost to keep the "deep seat" or "stay heavy in the saddle" as the local RI's say.
Posting trot: With stirrups, it's like they're always too short. I feel launching in the air and landing back instead of the forward-back motion that I achieve without stirrups. My feet twitch on the outside, heel goes up, ankles twist and generally I make a lot of effort and end up panting and exhausted as if I was carrying the horse and not the other way around.
I suspect this might have to do a bit with my appearance.I am 1.70m high, however my legs are longer than the usual leg length for a person of same height with me. I'm also very slim. (yes, I do eat, yes I am healthy. No worries)
We measure stirrups by using our arm length; it's supposed to be long enough if it reaches with 1 end your underarm and the other end your palm.
I was wondering, maybe there's another way to adjust stirrups because I was thinking this rule might not apply to my spider legs...
Also working without stirrups is supposed to be harder, then what am I doing wrong?
Everything feels easy and in harmony as long as I don't place my feet in them.
And with stirrups I loose all balance and I get tired so quick.