For those who combine dressage and jumping...
I'm just curious... How do you deal with the different stirrup length? It's definitely a pretty big difference in length and feeling of the leg/position whether you do dressage or jumping.
If your seat is good you should be able to ride with any stirrup length in any saddle (well.. almost any saddle).
When I'm jumping I warm up in two point to really get my heels down and attempt to bust my ankles further :P Haft spray (orange spray bottle) is my savior lol. It sticks you right in there. I don't jump often so I figure one handicap is OK.
It is a bit weird the first few minutes of switching the length. Even for jumping I do ride in a slightly longer stirrup, still plenty short to really get me out of the saddle and off the horses back, but not as short as a lot of people put them. Just lots of stretching the first few minutes to get the leg to really stretch down through the heel, works for me.
I tend to jump with a longer stirrup than most, so it's only 2 holes for me if I'm in my jumping saddle. Otherwise I use my dressage saddle on days I don't plan to jump so no adjustment is necessary.
What Anabel said!
Once you've started jumping around 2ft you should be jumping with your stirrups a hole shorter then you flat with. The higher you jump the more you'll need to shorten your stirrups (up to a certain point of course!). It's difficult to do proper flatwork with a short stirrup, it's difficult to jump well with a long stirrup. While it's not impossible, and you should be able to get by if needed, you're not setting yourself up for success. Although, while I do dressage exercises, I don't do them at quite the length of stirrup a true dressage rider would.
What is Haft Spray? Orange bottle. I have never heard of that before.
I don't really notice it, to be quite honest.
It's just something I'm used to, I suppose.
Yeah, I am quite used to it - just as Anabel said though, once you've established your seat and your core, you can ride competantly and functionally at any leather length.
I do my Dressage with a longer leather, a couple of holes lower than my jumping length, and when I am going to jump, I just shorten my leathers to accomodate that.
I'm just so used to it :)
It's this sticky spray that you put on your legs or saddle that help you grip a little better! Comes in an orange spray can. It's pretty cool! i use it when I'm breaking in new boots or if I'm showing a particularly squirrely horse at a show. It also comes in this gooey pastey form in a little tin that you scoop out and smear with your fingers. It's messier though!
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