Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
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.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork