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    04-05-2010, 07:06 PM
  #11
Weanling
*snort* well...at this point, I could use all the positioning help I can get.

I am a little worried about my poor knees if I were to shorten my stirrups at all...I've got poor knees (runs in the family...my dad's getting his replaced soon) and they get sore really easily. I ride in the flexy stirrups to help that, lol. I dunno. I'm just rambling at this point, hah.

This is my stirrup length (not the most flattering pic but it's the best I've got)

OH and then here is a video still of me riding Brooke where you can kinda tell the stirrup length...

Whaddya think. Should I shorten? (keep in mind...the height of the jumps in the background of those pics is the height I'll be jumping for a while)
     
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    04-05-2010, 08:37 PM
  #12
Super Moderator
The stirrup length will probably be OK for 2'. If the jumps get much more than that, I would go up a hole.

Have a great time!! Let us know how it goes.....with photos!!
     
    04-05-2010, 08:43 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by juniormylove    
*snort* well...at this point, I could use all the positioning help I can get.

I am a little worried about my poor knees if I were to shorten my stirrups at all...I've got poor knees (runs in the family...my dad's getting his replaced soon) and they get sore really easily. I ride in the flexy stirrups to help that, lol. I dunno. I'm just rambling at this point, hah.

This is my stirrup length (not the most flattering pic but it's the best I've got)

OH and then here is a video still of me riding Brooke where you can kinda tell the stirrup length...

Whaddya think. Should I shorten? (keep in mind...the height of the jumps in the background of those pics is the height I'll be jumping for a while)
Invest in a knee brace - the change in feeling after I bought one was unbelievable. I have a bad left knee and I once came right off a horse when it gave out while I was out of my saddle. Soft tuck & roll on fresh grass made that whole experience better haha.
I use a TIGHT knee brace, it stabilizes my leg and makes me a little more confident that it'll hold out. I throw some mineral ice on after my ride too and my knee doesn't bother me much anymore.

Just a little medical advice from the farthest thing from a medical professional you can get
     
    04-05-2010, 09:55 PM
  #14
Trained
I hear you on the knees. I tend to jump with a longer stirrup, or else my right knee will scream at me. It's not a really big issue with the smaller fences.
     
    04-06-2010, 08:36 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
The stirrup length will probably be OK for 2'. If the jumps get much more than that, I would go up a hole.

Have a great time!! Let us know how it goes.....with photos!!
alrighty, good. Less work for me :P

I try to get pictures...my camera is with me EVERY lesson! But...at the very least...you'll have pictures on Friday of me and the Brookie monster cooling out outdoors cause it's supposed to be kinda warm :) The outdoor arena doesn't have any jumps in it yet cause it's still in winter hibernation, so we're still riding indoors which leads to poopy pictures.

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Originally Posted by kmacdougall    
Invest in a knee brace - the change in feeling after I bought one was unbelievable. I have a bad left knee and I once came right off a horse when it gave out while I was out of my saddle. Soft tuck & roll on fresh grass made that whole experience better haha.
I use a TIGHT knee brace, it stabilizes my leg and makes me a little more confident that it'll hold out. I throw some mineral ice on after my ride too and my knee doesn't bother me much anymore.

Just a little medical advice from the farthest thing from a medical professional you can get
hehe I have a knee brace...or two...they're uhh...in my room? I got them when I had real bad tendonitis in my knees cause the doctor was threatening to make me stop riding and go to physical therapy But you're right, I probably should be wearing them haha.

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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I hear you on the knees. I tend to jump with a longer stirrup, or else my right knee will scream at me. It's not a really big issue with the smaller fences.
lol that's why I had to spend all my money on the flex stirrups (all $30 woop!) I could hardly dismount when I rode with my regular irons, but I have hardly had any problems with these stirrups + longer leathers.

I'm a little weakling right now so I'm not going to be jumping anything with any heft to it for a while, teehee. But if the jumps do start going up (which they generally do in the summer when I ride by myself) I'll see about shortening them. Thanks! :)
     
    04-07-2010, 08:05 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I'd shorten them a hole, but I do ride with extremly short sturrips. Like for any jumping, mine hit the top of my ankle bone, and go even shorter for XC. I only ride with a long sturrip in dressage, and then it's WAY long, like hitting the sole of my boot long. So I do the two extremes, lol!
     
    04-07-2010, 08:07 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Don't know if you can see it, but here are some pics of my jumping length sturrips. They should probably be shorter than that too....
     
    04-07-2010, 09:48 PM
  #18
Green Broke
When I ride flatwork, it's always in dressage length.

Then, I bump them up when I do any sort of jumping. Usually about two holes but it depends on what leathers you have. If you have the leathers with the 1/2" holes then two, but if you have the 1" holes then probably just one. Your trainer would be able to help you on length.

Then, I shorten them up another hole or two for XC.
     
    04-07-2010, 10:56 PM
  #19
Foal
I believe the rule for stirrup length is go up 1-2 holes for every foot higher you're jumping :)
     
    04-08-2010, 04:17 PM
  #20
Weanling
Stormy - your stirrups look like how I used to have mine. Then someone on another forum told me to lengthen them so that I could open my hip flexors and get my leg under me. Before, they were more like this (probably a hole shorter than now...but these were different leathers so it's hard to tell):


I think I may shorten my leathers tomorrow jumping (depending on what we end up doing) and see how I feel after lol.
     

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