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LIVE2RUN
Reg. Oct 2005
Posted 2018-09-13 4:53 PM (#7407866)
Subject: Stirrup length



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How long or short are your stirrups? I ride mine with a 90 degree bend in my knee. A few people I know ride with them much much much shorter. I just can't do that.
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Silly Filly
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-09-13 5:49 PM (#7407869 - in reply to #7407866)
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The older I get, the longer they get. lol
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FlyingJT
Reg. Jan 2014
Posted 2018-09-13 5:56 PM (#7407870 - in reply to #7407866)
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Generally my hand will fit sideways between my seat and me. Little shorter when I'm roping, otherwise I feel like I can't get up out of my seat enough.
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emricmacy
Reg. Sep 2016
Posted 2018-09-13 6:19 PM (#7407871 - in reply to #7407866)
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I ride with very short stirrups even though I have long legs. I'm comfortable with them short, must be from my English riding days.
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horsegirl
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-09-13 6:58 PM (#7407872 - in reply to #7407866)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length



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I ride on shorter side. I usually attribute it to my English background. I’d like to shorten some peoples!
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cranky B4 10am
Reg. Dec 2009
Posted 2018-09-14 9:47 AM (#7407899 - in reply to #7407866)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length


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What ever length is comfortable for you.
I have it set depending on the horse I am riding.
On the gelding I am running I have them pretty short (shorter than most people I know, must be my jumping background) but on my 3yo I ride much longer, more dressage lenght. When I ride my mare they are somewhat in between those two. 

 
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Nateracer
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2018-09-14 9:49 AM (#7407900 - in reply to #7407866)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length



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A 90 degree bend might be considered Jockey???   That's like a complete L. 

Maybe 45??  

But that being said, I like mine a little shorter for the most part.  I lose them if they are too long, not that I really need them, but sometimes it's nice to not be riding like a drunk monkey just holding on.  
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lonely va barrelxr
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2018-09-14 11:31 AM (#7407916 - in reply to #7407869)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length



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Silly Filly - 2018-09-13 6:49 PM The older I get, the longer they get. lol



What's up with this??  I ride two half-holes longer than I used to 10-15 years ago!  The only time I lose a stirrup is if they are to short?!  I can still 2pt, but there is barely any saddle clearance.   

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OhMax
Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2018-09-14 12:16 PM (#7407919 - in reply to #7407866)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length


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I want to be able to stand up easily to get up and ride. I don’t want to be reaching for stirrups.

It’s one of the first things I’ll adjust if something doesn’t feel right. But also depends on the horse - I drop them a hole on my colt because he’s so wide, I don’t feel the bend in my knee changes much.

I see a lot of folks riding in stirrups their toes seem to barely touch in - I think a lot of the mistakes and issues they complain about after a run could be solved right there...but what do I know.
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horsegirl
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-09-14 12:16 PM (#7407920 - in reply to #7407900)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length



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Nateracer - 2018-09-14 10:49 AM A 90 degree bend might be considered Jockey???   That's like a complete L. 



Maybe 45??  



But that being said, I like mine a little shorter for the most part.  I lose them if they are too long, not that I really need them, but sometimes it's nice to not be riding like a drunk monkey just holding on.  

I had to think about this too. When she said 90 degree, I was thinking of the upper leg being horizontal. I think she meant the angle the upper and lower leg actually make are a 90 degree. 
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OhMax
Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2018-09-14 9:37 PM (#7407960 - in reply to #7407900)
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Nateracer - 2018-09-14 9:49 AM

A 90 degree bend might be considered Jockey???   That's like a complete L. 

Maybe 45??  

But that being said, I like mine a little shorter for the most part.  I lose them if they are too long, not that I really need them, but sometimes it's nice to not be riding like a drunk monkey just holding on.  

45 would actually be tighter and closer to a race jockey. 180 would be a straight leg. I ball parked mine tonight and 90 is actually probably pretty close. If I could leave the angle in my knee the same and just raise my thigh to be parallel to the ground, my calf would pretty much be straight down I think. 120* would be a longer stirrup.

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Burn n' Turn
Reg. Dec 2011
Posted 2018-09-16 1:56 PM (#7408017 - in reply to #7407866)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length


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For me, it usually depends on the horse I'm riding or what I'm doing. My stirrup leathers on my Roo have a lot of holes compared to my Double J's so you can adjust them just right. People like to snag my Roo and adjust the stirrups to try it (since I'm 6ft) and for me there is a sweet spot that falls one hole below feeling like I'm going to get launched from them being too short and losing a stirrup during a run from them being a hole too long. I can immediately tell when I have them up one too many but I can't tell they're too long until I make a run and 99% of the time I'll blow my stirrup if I have them a hole too long. I think it just depends on what you're comfortable with and when you find that "sweet spot."
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LIVE2RUN
Reg. Oct 2005
Posted 2018-09-17 3:03 PM (#7408121 - in reply to #7407866)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length



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Thanks everyone for your responses. I feel like i ride with the stirrups at the proper length. If I were to shorten them I would feel like I would come straight off of my horse, lol. My friend borrowed my Double J, I have 9 holes showing, when she returned it she had 4 holes showing. I swear a child had ridden that saddle and we are the same height. I have no idea how she rode with them so so short. Good grief! LOL
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07milch
Reg. Mar 2012
Posted 2018-09-17 4:26 PM (#7408130 - in reply to #7408121)
Subject: RE: Stirrup length


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LIVE2RUN - 2018-09-17 1:03 PM

Thanks everyone for your responses. I feel like i ride with the stirrups at the proper length. If I were to shorten them I would feel like I would come straight off of my horse, lol. My friend borrowed my Double J, I have 9 holes showing, when she returned it she had 4 holes showing. I swear a child had ridden that saddle and we are the same height. I have no idea how she rode with them so so short. Good grief! LOL

Just thought I'd chime in here because the struggle is real. My friend and I are the same height. I have a long torso and short legs. She has a short upper body and long legs. We may be the same height, but there is no way we can ride the same length stirrup. Just another way of looking at things!
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