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post #1 of 9 Old 03-12-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Adjusting Stirrup length on a western saddle

This is probably a stupid question lol. I've mostly ridden western but have done a few lessons in english lately. What I'm wondering...is there a trick to adjusting stirrups on a western saddle the correct length the first time? With english lessons I was told to do the arm trick where you stretch your arm out and touch the saddle, and adjust the stirrups to your arm length. Does this work with western too? I've always just got on and off multiple times until it was right...which I don't want to do anymore haha
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-12-2012, 10:32 PM
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I've always just got on and off multiple times until it was right...which I don't want to do anymore haha
What being Lazy ?

Never tried it, but will have to test it in the morning, sounds interesting




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I think the stirrup length is close to the same, so you could use the same holding it up under your arm pit. You could always lengthen it a bit if you prefer.
Yeah, western stirrups are not nearly as easy to adjust as English.
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What being Lazy ?

Never tried it, but will have to test it in the morning, sounds interesting




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Partially haha but I'm sure my horse never appreciated the jumping on and off repeatedly either lol

And I agree Tinyliny...adjusting them on an english saddle isn't too hard from on top of the horse.

Seems like the arm pit trick would work with western too...but nobody who rides western has ever mentioned anything about it while english people always use it.

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Get someone to adjust them for you while you sit on your horse. That's what riding buddies are for :)

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I used to ride alone a lot though so I need to figure out a way.
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The arm trick is what we do for new riders. It usually is pretty close.
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I do the armpit trick with western saddles and it works like a charm. :)
I do find that the armpit thing will give me, at least, the shorter "best" western length while armpit length+1 hole is, for me, the best best length.

I dunno, what you guys are talking about, I can adjust western stirrups from the saddle...
It does take some practice but if you stick your leg over the front of the saddle, like up by the horn with your foot basically down on the horse's neck, then reach down and grab the stirrup, maneuvering around your thigh, it works pretty well. Don't try it with your leg back. I tried that, it didn't end well.

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I just always seem to have saddles that arent' completely broken in yet, so I have to pretty much use my body weight to undo things (ones with the metal sliding clip things mostly) Yes I know..I'm failing at terminology haha. I'd probably plop right off the side of the horse trying to adjust those.
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