Long legs on a short horse to reach it's "buttons"
There's something I've been thinking about a little bit recently and I was curious what others think.
When you are riding a short or small horse and your lower legs don't make contact with it's belly due to your legs being long, what do you do?
I usually use all parts of my leg to mean different things. Thigh squeeze, calf squeeze, heel squeeze, heel bump, they all mean different things!
But what if your heel doesn't meet the horses side because you are tall, the horse is short, or the barrel curves steeply under the belly and your heel can't make contact?
Would you use a long spur to reach a steeply curving belly? Put a spur higher up on your boot? Use a whip? Something else?
Curious what others do when one of their aids is suddenly missing because the horse is short and your legs are long.