I too struggle with position, matter of fact I have been really trying to fix 20+ years of old/bad habits lately. I am by no means an expert but this is what I have found works for me, correct or not.
My stirrup length changes with what I am doing.
If I am starting colts or doing arena riding my stirrups come up a notch.
If I am riding outside all day and roping they come down.
And along with that my body position changes to influence my horse
I have said in another thread I am envious of those who had an english background, they seem to really stress body position. Whereas for myself it was, get on the horse and go get something done, never got any instruction on body position for effectiveness.
However most cowboys that I ride/rode with no longer use that super long stirrup. I posted a pic below that was an all day ordeal of gathering cows, sorting and branding late calves in the Fall. Not the best example but you can kind of see a shorter stirrup maybe compared to what you would think for a working guy.
In my opinion the chair seat is not as bad as the legs shoved straight out in front and ass braced against the cantle look that I see some beginning western riders use.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
Last edited by COWCHICK77; 12-06-2013 at 12:52 AM.