Ideal stirrup adjustment
Stirrups must be adjusted according to the type of work to be done. However, there is such a thing as the ideal stirrup adjustment.
In general, the ideal length of the stirrups is the one that allows the rider to easily switch from the sitting to the lightweight position and vice versa at all three paces, without difficulty and without losing balance. Specifically, the stirrups are lengthened by at least two holes from the ideal position, in order to work on flat level in a specific way, while they are shortened by two or more holes, always starting from the ideal position, in order to work on jumps in the countryside. With the stirrups adjusted to work on flat level, riders are in sitting position; with the stirrups adjusted for jumping and to ride in the country, they are raised from the saddle.