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    09-24-2009, 02:54 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Practicing with longer stirrups or going bareback will also help you if she goes bronc on you, you wont be thrown forward as easily, and will have better control... I say this from experience, I used to ride with short stirrups before honey launched me through the air one day and I got a bad bruise on my lung, after that I took a lot of time to ride bareback on my other horse and get a good deep seat before I got back on her, and next time I sat her bronc routine easily...
     
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    09-24-2009, 07:16 PM
  #12
Yearling
I agree that they are too short. For western, you should ride with a DEEP seat - and from the pic of you loping, it seems you are perching rather than sitting on the W's and riding from your center. If you ride with a longer stirrup, it will help the "perching" problem. I had a hard time with this when I transitioned from english to western as a kid. It just takes practice. As your seat gets deeper, you will reach down into your stirrups and may even finding yourself wanting more length as time goes by.
Good luck!
     
    09-24-2009, 07:40 PM
  #13
Yearling
I have a question - a lot of you have been saying to ride without stirrups or ride bareback for practice. The thing is, I already do both and find it easier to sit when doing so. Are there any other ways to help me learn to ride in a longer stirrup?
     
    09-25-2009, 01:52 AM
  #14
Ink
Weanling
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Originally Posted by dynamite.    
I have a question - a lot of you have been saying to ride without stirrups or ride bareback for practice. The thing is, I already do both and find it easier to sit when doing so. Are there any other ways to help me learn to ride in a longer stirrup?

I would reccomend sitting in the saddle without stirrups. See where your leg falls naturally, and adjust your stirrup length accordingly. Generally when riding western you want just a slight bend in your knee, but be carefull not to go so long that you have to reach for your stirrup and can't put weight in your heel.
It can be tricky finding the right balance of weight in your stirrups and in your seat, but longer stirrups should help keep you from jumping out of the saddle.
     
    09-25-2009, 10:02 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by dynamite.    
I have a question - a lot of you have been saying to ride without stirrups or ride bareback for practice. The thing is, I already do both and find it easier to sit when doing so. Are there any other ways to help me learn to ride in a longer stirrup?
Make sure when you're riding with stirrups, that you're sinking your weight into your heels. It can be very easy to brace against your stirrups, which will cause a lot of bouncing. If your weight is in your heels, it should help you keep contact with the saddle.
     

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