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  • How to shorten a fender stirrup
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    03-07-2011, 08:21 AM
Stirrup Length for Short Legs!

Okay, I am a pretty short person (okay really short) but the very shortest thing is my legs. I just got my new saddle, and guess what... The stirrups don't shorten enough for me! Now my question for the horse forum is... is there a way I can buy like a shortener? Or do I have to put new holes in the thinggy so that I can shorten it? What do I do!

Here is a pic of the stirrup itself:

FYI; My toes don't even touch...Needs to go up at least 2 or 3 more holes.
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    03-07-2011, 08:53 AM
I'd say get a leather hole punch and just punch some hew holes. That looks like it'd be your best bet-- I've thought about doing that too. Even if it didn't quite work, it'd be behind the stirrup and no one would notice.
    03-07-2011, 10:19 AM
I would just punch more holes in it. Make sure you are pulling the fender as far up into the tree as you can otherwise it'll get to the point--which it is now--where the lower part of the fender isn't wide enough to let the stirrup pass through.
    03-07-2011, 04:44 PM
Okay! Thanks guys!
    03-07-2011, 06:46 PM
Depending on what you are planning on doing, the price of the saddle, if you may sell the saddle, ect., I know that a couple people have actually made a straight cut a few inches long on the fender at the edge of the stirrup so they can shorten the stirrups even more, and the fender isn't getting in the way. I have really short legs too, so I have the same problem with my english stirrup leathers, I'm always having to punch holes in the leathers so I can make them short enough. So I would punch more holes if you can, and if you don't mind, and need to, you can just put a vertical cut in the fender and your leg will be covering it when you are on, so it won't be noticeable.

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