At this point I think I'd rather ride bareback My mare is rooooound. I'm having a horrible time keeping my foot/heel against/even close to her barrel and it's really throwing off my riding. I can ride her fine with one hole longer stirrups, but then I can barely get out of the saddle to post. Shorter stirrups...Yeah, not going there. I can't seem to stay balanced on her at the trot because I can't keep my seat stable. It's putting a lot of pressure on my knees (I have very bad knees to put it lightly) to try to unnaturally keep my foot against her and obviously that's uncomfortable. I'm shorter than my friends that ride her, by at least 4", and I think that is my problem-- my femur is shorter. I drew this coarse picture in Photoshop...The circle is obviously the horse's barrel viewed from either the front or the back. The pink lines are my leg, though I don't think I made it look quite as extreme as it is. The green line is an example of someone else with a longer upper leg. Any suggestions? Yesterday I rode her bareback and while I don't think that will work long term (big trot!) we were a lot more balanced.