How to Adjust Your Western Saddle Stirrups

by Rebecca Fitz

It all starts with a good footing, if you are new to riding or just want a refresher here is a quick guid on how to adjust your stirrups for a good ride!


  • 1 Western saddle
  • Hands
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    To ride efficiently you need to be balanced in the saddle, to be balanced in the saddle you need to make sure both your stirrups are equal length

    Step 2

    Take the stirrup in your hands

    Step 3

    If your saddle has stirrup keepers like this take them off by unbuckling them

    Step 4

    Some saddles have this quick adjust feature or they have a buckle the concept is still the same. Locate your slide or buckle and undo it

    Step 5

    These quick change slides may take some work to get off

    Step 6

    Slide the slide down

    Step 7

    Unhook from the stirrup leather

    Step 8

    Count the holes

    Step 9

    Count the holes before the clamp on the other stirrup, this saddle is at 8 holes from the bottom of the stirrup leather before the two holes for the quick adjust.

    Step 10

    Put your thumb on the hole before the quick adjust

    Step 11

    Place the stirrup end into holes 9 and 10 in this case. Make sure the metal prongs are fully through the leather and slide the slide back up.

    Step 12

    Reattach the stirrup keeper

    Step 13

    All set

    Step 14

    There you have it now lets go for a ride!