Question:
I’m curious about your thoughts on stirrup length and depth of stirrup. Plus, foot position in the stirrup.

Answer:

As for the stirrup I like the wide five – 6 inch wide and I ride with my heel all the way against the stirrup with no blocks. I learned to ride with my toes out in my heels down and no blocks in the stirrup, to me there just a hazard. They cause a person to ride with their toes down and heels coming back which throws them forward as opposed to sending you back with your heels down and the toes out.  Martin Black

Question:

Your reply on the depth of stirrup is greatly appreciated.  We’ve also had that discussion about blocks, so appreciated your thoughts on that also. However, I’d still like to hear your opinion on length of stirrup and does it affect your communication with the horse.
Thanks Martin!

Answer:

Minor changes in the stirrup length may have very little if any direct effect on communication. Although changing the stirrup length can affect our balance on the horse and in that regard indirectly affect our communication to whatever degree.
Martin Black

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