Originally Posted by kiwigirl
Yep, I'm the same, I ride with very long stirrups because I have the same problem. If I try to go any shorter than I have now I am in pain within an hour of riding.
PS Longer stirrups make it easier to mount too
I would still have to use a mounting block, i'm 5ft and my horse is 16.1 hhs.
Originally Posted by Celeste
If my stirrups are too long, my lower back hurts.
mine hurts when mine are too short or the horse has a long stride, I found that my horse has a short choppy stride yet my friends horse has a long swinging stride and my back hurt more after riding her horse.
Originally Posted by Speed Racer
This may not help you, but I have a lot of knee/ankle/hip pain from all the years of riding and the few bad wrecks I've had, and I found that jointed stirrups are a godsend.
With hard irons, regardless of the stirrup leather length, within 1/2 hour I'm in agony. With jointed stirrups, I can literally ride for hours.
You might want to invest in a less expensive pair just to try them. If they work, you can move up to a pricier pair if you wish. I currently have Metalabs but FES work too, and they're very inexpensive.
I am luckily going to a horse expo this weekend, i'll pick up a pair of jointed stirrups (they sound great btw) and try them out. Thanks for the suggestion. Even if they don't help my knees much they will help my ankles which also end up sore after over an hour in the same position.
Originally Posted by FlyGap
I use the stirrup turners. My knees were heck, especially when I rode in my nylon saddle. I let my friend use my saddle the other day and she almost cried when she got off because her knees didn't hurt as bad, kinda the opposite emotion I was expecting but it was great to see her happy!
I would happily get off my horse crying because I wasn't in pain. That would be a good reaction!