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post #21 of 29 Old 04-11-2010, 10:45 AM
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See, I think that's the perfect angle for your knee to be in. It's easier to jump with a shorter sturrip, to me at least. I remeber trying a 17HH horse in FL last summer, and his jump was HUGE, and my sturrips were long, bad combination. I was all over the place!

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post #22 of 29 Old 04-11-2010, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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I was so focused on convincing Brooke to do lead changes (main focus of our lesson, since all the students were on ponies who liked to land on the right lead and hated changing to the left) I completely forgot about shortening them a hole, lol. I'm taking my saddle home to clean (keep it at the barn) soon anyways so when I put the leathers back on, I'll probably just stick 'em on a hole shorter and see what happens. I felt pretty solid in the saddle (heck, over the jumps I was doing an opening rein type thingy lol) but then my legs are the last thing I usually think of.

Here's another picture of me riding Leo at my current length...this makes me think too long, that I really should shorten? (of course my heels aren't down either but ignoring THAT)


*shrug* I guess I'll try and remember to shorten NEXT Friday, hah.

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post #23 of 29 Old 04-11-2010, 12:16 PM
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Personaly, I would shorten them one. Another thing, try to get your leg under you more. Shortening might help that. ;)

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It's weird...they never felt long last winter, when I got the leathers. *shrug* maybe my legs shrunk. Actually, I've been stretching my calves on the stairs all winter so my heels are much more...downy? Now than they were before hah.

Yeah, I've had issues with my leg since the beginning (literally...I have a pic from like my 2nd lesson...you should SEE my leg!). Lengthening the stirrups was supposed to help that & my hip pain...but...I think I'm going to give up on that and just shorten them. GAH I'm so indecisive.

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post #25 of 29 Old 04-11-2010, 01:02 PM
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Always alter your stirrups before jumping, you can forfil a proper jumping position this way.

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post #26 of 29 Old 04-18-2010, 06:45 AM
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I'm weird in that I will just shorten it until it feels right, no general rule for me! That's because I ride different horses every time I ride, so I have a different saddle and leathers too. When I'm on flat, I normally have mine to the length that my knees are a couple inches back from the knee roll, then when I jump I shorten them to the length where my knees are nice and snug against the roll. I normally go up 1 or 2 and I jump around 2'
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It's weird...they never felt long last winter, when I got the leathers. *shrug* maybe my legs shrunk. Actually, I've been stretching my calves on the stairs all winter so my heels are much more...downy? Now than they were before hah.

Yeah, I've had issues with my leg since the beginning (literally...I have a pic from like my 2nd lesson...you should SEE my leg!). Lengthening the stirrups was supposed to help that & my hip pain...but...I think I'm going to give up on that and just shorten them. GAH I'm so indecisive.
they probably stretched !

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they probably stretched !
My legs or my leathers? They're the nylon lined kind (Pessoas), I was told they wouldn't stretch...plus...they've been sitting unused in my room for the past three months?

I dunno. But I shortened a hole Friday and although it felt weird at first, I think I'm going to keep it there for flatwork as well cause I'm too lazy to change every lesson. But the shorter stirrups had me feeling more secure and "with" Brooke through the combination that we jumped, as well as her little temper tantrums :) Thanks all!

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post #29 of 29 Old 04-19-2010, 09:28 PM
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the leathers ! Hmm im not sure if those can stretch or not

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