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.