Are your stirrups too long? Are they too short? What actually is the right length for our stirrups?
In today’s video, I’ll give you both the simple answer to this, and a few easy tips to determine your stirrup length.
The full answer to what is the right stirrup length is a bit more complex as it will vary depending on what you’re doing, the saddle that you’re riding, and the activity and discipline that you’re doing with your horse.
Stirrups provide more stability, mobility, and balance as we ride. Their history is an interesting one, as they are an invention that spread through warfare, with the mounted groups that had stirrups having a distinct advantage over those that did not.
The first stirrups were believed to be a wooden L shaped invention, originating in India, and becoming more similar to today’s stirrups through the first iron stirrups used in the time of Ghengis Khan and his Mongol armies.
Stirrups now come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials and they make our riding easier regardless of which discipline we ride.
But how much our stirrups help us depends on how we use them, and that starts with their length.
Watch the video below to learn how to adjust your stirrups to the correct length.
To learn more about stirrups, check out this video on where to place your foot in the stirrup.