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I recently switched trainers(i'm loving my new instructor, she's very patient and actually explains the mechanics behind things) but she had me bring my stirrups up about 3-4 holes. I'm not sure if it's just because i'm used to the longer stirrup, or because of how awkwardly my tiny saddle fits on a big draft back, but the shorter length feels awkward. Does the length look good?
 

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For contrast, here's the length before they got taken up(ignore the hands in the second picture, the new trainer has been correcting for them, and I HAVE improved)
 

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Flat work for now, we're working on walk/trot and getting contact and bend. She does eventing, and that's something i'd eventually like to set as a far off goal.
 

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I think the new length looks quite a bit better. And your position looks improved also. However, what's a little bit odd is that you seem to be keeping your butt back far on the Cantle. You seem to be leaning forward a little bit as if your saddle is angling up in front and down in back which puts your center of gravity farther backd it should be. When you lean your upper body forward to counteract this, your legs must also go forward. This is evident in the way that the stirrup leathers are not hanging exactly vertical
 

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About being too far back in the saddle, that's in part because of his cue to 'back up'. He responds to pushing your seat back, which i still haven't quite gotten the hang of. I also really need a riser for him, the saddle is an awful fit, but he's not my horse so i'm not to sure I want to invest in a saddle just to fit him. The trainer has noted that my seat has shifted back a bit, and we've considered a riser(just not sure if it would fit under my already narrow saddle very well). my seat in the second picture I can see is very back against the cantle, and my heels are actually more down that usual(not a bad thing haha) because i'm pushing against the cantle. usually with the new stirrups length I'm closer to the second picture, or even a little more forward seated.
 

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Guess I just have to suck up the discomfort and work with the shorter stirrups, haha. Definitely going to be a process after learning with them long.
 

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I think the stirrup length looks much better for jumping! You say you are just working on flat now, but hope to get more into jumping later? IMHO, if I am schooling flat in a jump saddle, I like to keep my stirrups shorter than I normally would than if I was schooling flat in a dressage saddle. I feel more comfortable this way -- could just be me too :)

I think getting used to shorter stirrups just takes time. I remember the first time I did XC the coach made me shorten my stirrups just a hole -- I felt like a jockey at the time, but felt much more secure by the end.

Adorable horse, BTW! :)
 
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