It’s one of the most important and helpful pieces of tack that you will use and rely on when you begin your riding journey.
Along the way you will ride without them to develop your balance, independent leg carriage and strength.
It’s a good idea while learning to ride to have your stirrups at a length that feels secure and comfotable, which more often than not is a little shorter than you would see on the dressage stars we love and admire like Carl Hester.
A show jumper and race riders ride with very short stirrups for added support and security so it makes sense that whatever discipline you desire to progress in you begin with shorter stirrups as they are a safe bet and very helpful!
Although if your chosen discipline is dressage the desire to have longer stirrups will be out there and longer legs are hugely beneficial for the effectiveness when delivering your aids and the overall picture is what we have becme acustomed to.
Lengthening your stirrups should not be rushed as riding too long will only make you weak and unbalanced, not an ideal combo when riding.
So a tip is to ride for 15 – 20 minutes without stirrups, you will find this easier at the beginning of your session and then when you take them back you will find your normal length feels short so this is the time to drop them down a hole and finish off your session with the longer length, however if you feel like you are stretching or struggling at any point take them back up.
Rather be safe and secure than look like you have long legs.