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10th Apr 2005, 06:01 PM
:( I am going to start work back at my riding school again. There is just 1 problem, doing peoples stirrups. How do you know whether the stirrups are the right length for the person? :(
10th Apr 2005, 06:05 PM
i have been taught that the bottom of the stirrup should be level with the ankle. I do this and then ask the rider if they are comfortable and can rise ok..
I might have been taught wrong but it has always worked for me. Some riders like longer stirrups or shorter. Go with the ankle and then like i said ask from then on.
10th Apr 2005, 06:08 PM
Yes, many people have said that but I have never understood it. And guess what it has just come to me I understand it now, thank you very much :D :D
10th Apr 2005, 08:23 PM
For most novices you will need the stirrup a bit shorter than an experienced rider.
BUT, why are YOU expected to judge the length of the stirrup for each rider and their experience, it is up to the instructor not you. (not getting at you at all- having a go at an idle instructor and bad practice at the school)
I ride with my stirrup level with the seam on the heel of my boot, I might take it up to my ankle bone for jumping.
As a general rule let their leg hang down to the floor long and relaxed, if they are a first time or beginner the stirrup needs to aid thier balance without making them fight for it or start to over rely on it. It takes years of experience to judge the correct length for each rider, their body shape and balance.
10th Apr 2005, 08:33 PM
When I help people judge the length for their stirrup, I ask them to put their fingertips where the stirrup leather joins the saddle, then adjust the length so the stirrup iron comes to their armpit.
10th Apr 2005, 11:44 PM
More experienced riders will do their own stirrups. As Wally said the instructors should be doing the beginners' stirrups.
I ride quite long and have the stirrup pretty much in line with the sole of my boot, for jumping I take it up a couple of holes.
The 'armpit' check is usually a reasonable guesstimate, maybe taking it up a bit for more novice riders.
10th Apr 2005, 11:55 PM
I've learned a couple of rules for stirrup length. With the leg elongated, the stirrups iron should tough the ankle or around the ankle. Another good way to measure it is to have the ride grab the top of the stirrup and take it until the iron is underneath their armpit. If it doesn't reach your underarm, then it's to short and if it exceeds you underarm it's to long.
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