Examples of common positional mistakes - Stirrups too short

  • Your legs become too far back making it difficult to balance in your seat

  • It also makes it more difficult to give the correct leg aids and for your horse to work around your inside leg.

  • Short stirrups causes upper body instability due to your seat being unbalanced when riding flatwork/dressage.

  • In jumping they should be shorter than in dressage but not so short it is easy to be tipped out.

  • Short stirrups causes tension through your leg therefore this continues through your hips and into your back.

  • This tension then follows through to the horse preventing a relaxed rhythmic gait.

  • To correct this you should sit tall in the centre of the saddle, keep your weight even in your stirrups and relax through your shoulders.

  • Try taking your feet out of your stirrups and just relax your leg down

  • There should be an invisible line from your shoulders through to your hips and heels.

  • A rough guide to where your stirrups should be is at your ankle bone for flatwork.

  • Your stirrups should be long enough to be able to do this but not so long you can’t put the weight in your stirrups.  They must be comfortable.

  • Don’t grip with your knees and keep yourself relaxed in your thigh and through your pelvis