01-15-2010, 12:25 PM
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I turn my fenders/stirrups, too and put a broomstick through them to get them fixed.
Length of stirrups--from my years of experience, and learning from others, when you stand in your stirrups you should be able to fit a flat fist between crotch and saddle seat. This will probably vary for some people, but it's a good rule of fist . . .um, I mean thumb.
If you have much more room, your stirrups are going to be too short.
I agree on size, sounds like you'd take a 15". Shoving a filler in the space for a too-big saddle is just not realistic. This is a saddle you'll be using all the time, not just a couple. Good luck!!!