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.
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.
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.
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.