Hi, I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village,
I’m going to show you my tips and techniques to saddle your horse with the western saddle.
So one thing that you would want to do especially if you are riding in a western saddle for
the first time is make sure your stirrups are the proper length. You would want your
stirrup a little bit longer than you would in a English saddle. So you would want your
stirrup just a little bit longer then the length of your arm. If you do need to adjust
it underneath your stirrup fender, there is going to be a buckle here which you can slide
up. There is a little buckle that comes out which you could move up or down into the holes
to adjust it accordingly to your length. Then you slide this buckle down back over it. Then
you may need to pull on your fender to lengthen it or shorten it however, whatever direction
you are going. But you also want to make sure that your stirrups are even. Sometimes you
can tell if the length is right for you or not until you are actually on the horse and
get a good feel for it. But you want to make sure your stirrups are even so you would not
have on longer then the other. Cause that would throw you off balance. If you need to
adjust them, you just want to get off and move the buckle the way that you need to.
So that is how you want to make sure your stirrups are the right length of your legs.