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post #91 of 124 Old 02-19-2013, 08:00 PM
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Good Golly those legs go on for MILES! Who cares about a chair seat when you have super model legs?!!!!!
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Here's my English legs... short and plump!
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BSMS, balanced seat riding is nothing new. My pictures are hundreds of years older than yours are. They, CLEARLY show a rider not sitting in a lounge chair with their legs thrust in front of them


















The big difference is not what is "proper" it is more about what you are doing at the time. Cowboys and cavalry riders were spending LONG hours in the saddle. No one will deny that it is easier on the human (especially male) anatomy to sit in a chair seat. It takes a lot of pressure off of out tenderer parts. So, it is easier on us, but NOT easier on our horses. Chair seats is very hard on them.

Even old paintings of how cowboys SHOULD look are not chair seats



The same with how the cavalry felt they SHOULD look....not how they survived 12 hours in the saddle




As drawn by an artist there at the time.



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If I take my stirrups completely away I am SOOO comfortable. I sit better and stay much more relaxed but taking my stirrups away also helps me keep my shoulders back. Its like when I add my stirrups into the equation I get the position like in my avatar because I am trying to hang on to my stirrups.

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If I take my stirrups completely away I am SOOO comfortable. I sit better and stay much more relaxed but taking my stirrups away also helps me keep my shoulders back. Its like when I add my stirrups into the equation I get the position like in my avatar because I am trying to hang on to my stirrups.
You need to shorten your stirrups probably 3 holes is my guess. It will make it a lot easier and you wont feel like you need to fumble for them.

I would love to see some recent pictures. Ideally I would love to see one with your current length, then another one with them shortened.

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I can do it but it has to be on a weekend when Hubby is here to take pictures. The main way I can tell I get screwed up is cantering. When I canter I forget either thinking about stirrups and just let them do whatever cause the way I sit at a canter my stirrups are way to long and I can't keep them without loosing my balance but my mare is gaited so canter isnt common for us but I will try and get pictures this weekend so I can show you what I am talking about.

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If I take my stirrups completely away I am SOOO comfortable. I sit better and stay much more relaxed but taking my stirrups away also helps me keep my shoulders back. Its like when I add my stirrups into the equation I get the position like in my avatar because I am trying to hang on to my stirrups.

As BSMS said, a lot of it depends on what the saddle forces you into. We often ride in saddle way too big for us when riding western. And many do throw the leg forward, due to poor design. I like the Fallis western saddles as they have a more balanced seat/design.
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If you have to reach for your stirrups you may have your legs go forward.

Here I have my stirrups a bit shorter that yours are. It's not an easy angle to tell, though.



Here I'm resting with my feet out of the stirrups. You can see where I have them, lengthwise. And let me tell you, I was in the saddle all day, many days.


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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.

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