Hey guys... about a month ago I put my stirrups up another hole because I was out running with a very bouncy horse and I felt that I could sit better with them a bit shorter. After that, I felt really weird having them any longer and so I've been riding like that ever since. I just wanted to know if they are too short? If I put them down anymore, I feel like I can't keep my heels down enough. I think this also might be because this mare is very round and my legs fit into her thinest part of her body when they are shorter. What do you think?
Ps- sorry about the short reins. The day before this she forgot that she was learning to be a barrel pony, not a bronc horse and was still a little unsure about her job, so I was ready to hold her head up.
They are too short but if you are only comfy like that then ride like that. A way to help tho is to try riding without them when you are just walking or relaxing on your horse. This will make you more balanced on your butt. You ride to much on your feet. You need to ride on the "W" s of your pants and find the balance that way. Riding bareback does great for doin this as well. Also to test and see if you ride on your "W" s correctly put your thrumb between your butt and the cantle of the saddle and make sure that your thumb feels pressure from your body the whole time. If it doesnt then you need to work on that. To make it fun you can try to ride with a piece of paper there or when bareback put it under your leg and see if you can keep it there. I would suggest lowering though because you can get thrown forward VERY easily with them that short
Your stirrups should be at your ankles when you let your feet out of them and hang your legs in a relaxed fashion. And when you stand in them you should only have about 2 to 3 inches of space between you and the saddle
I've been having problems with this too. Tomorrow I'll take pictures.
Part of it, I'm sure, is that I ride a different saddle for my different lesson horses, but it seems like I can't get comfortable with the stirrups. If I drop them a notch, I don't feel like I'm getting much contact and tend to loose the right one. If I take them up a notch, I feel like I have too much weight in them. It's been Duke's saddle that's been throwing me recently, but I have the same problem with my saddle. It's like I need a notch in between.
They're both bevelins buckles, too, so just punching a new hole isn't easy...
I disagree with those who are telling you to keep them short if you're comfortable that way. You must learn to keep your seat without your stirrups. You should not ride in your feet so much that you cannot keep contact without them.
Definitely do some stirrup-less and bareback exercises to strengthen your seat. And trashcanchaser is right - you need to be riding on the pockets of your jeans.