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post #1 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I have a question. I have different leg lengths. I was told by a riding coach that the stirrups should always be the same; but my left leg is shorter than my right (due to a car accident injury). To be comfortable, I always have the stirrups fit me ... am I doing it right?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-07-2013, 02:04 PM
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I think you're doing the right thing. Most people have slightly different leg lengths, but by an almost imperceptible amount. In this typical case, you'd set the stirrups to the same length on both sides since the difference in leg lengths might be something like 1/8" and the stirrups can usually be adjusted in only something like 1" increments.

In your case, it sounds like you have a much larger difference in leg lengths. The most important thing would be to set the stirrup lengths so that when you put equal weight into both legs you're straight and not tilted off to one side or the other.
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I think you're doing the right thing. Most people have slightly different leg lengths, but by an almost imperceptible amount. In this typical case, you'd set the stirrups to the same length on both sides since the difference in leg lengths might be something like 1/8" and the stirrups can usually be adjusted in only something like 1" increments.

In your case, it sounds like you have a much larger difference in leg lengths. The most important thing would be to set the stirrup lengths so that when you put equal weight into both legs you're straight and not tilted off to one side or the other.
Thank you -- that is what I thought too. When I last rode, my legs were the same length, now not .... very nice to know!!
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Stick with "leather" leathers instead of synthetic bc they will stretch. Stirrup length fitting IS a big deal. I remember at one point getting Very Fussy about it and was constantly lengthening and shortening my stirrups so that it would feel right. Even NOW, if one leather has stretched, I will dismount and switch them bc it bugs me. That's what's nice about them. You can adjust and change out the leathers until they fit. =D

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As long as your WEIGHT is sitting balanced and even in the saddle on your horse, do what you need to do to make the stirrups match your legs. The stirrups aren't going to be physically level if your legs are anatomically not.
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I am guilty of punching extra holes in stirrup leathers where I think they should be

Ride however makes you comfortable.
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I am guilty of punching extra holes in stirrup leathers where I think they should be

Ride however makes you comfortable.
I use an power drill. I lay the leather on a piece of scrap wood and use a wood bit. So easy.
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I use an power drill. I lay the leather on a piece of scrap wood and use a wood bit. So easy.
That's a great idea. I've only used a leather punch once to put holes for a nameplate in a leather halter and it was hard. I think I'll go with the drill next time!
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LOL, I put so many holes in leather and many of the things that I need holes in won't fit into one of those hand-held punches like this


So I actually broke down and ordered a set of real leather punches that you use a hammer with. Cleaner holes than a drill and you don't need to have access to electricity.
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