- western saddles - the fenders/stirrups are adjustable, but often don't go short enough. I had to have a saddle maker cut the fenders on my current saddle so it would work. Turns out I need a youth sized fender!
- dressage saddles - standard length flaps are too long - the stirrup and my ankle barely make it past the bottom of the flap, causing my ankle/boot to get caught on the flap. Awkward! If I ever do ride dressage again, I'll have to look for a short flap saddle.
- trucks - even with power seats, it is sometimes hard for me to reach the pedals or even touch the floor! On one old F150 I tried, the seats were too deep - my non-driving foot didn't even touch the floor!
- horse trailers - depending on the style, it is hard for me to reach the windows from the outside to open/close them for horses.
- getting on a horse from the ground. This picture illustrates it perfectly:
And finally - the funniest one considering what class I like to show - setting up a halter horse!
For whatever reason, halter horses are all taught to set up in the ring a specific way. The off-side hind is your place marker. You then use the halter/lead to set the near hind.
Then, to set the front legs, you put your hand on the horse's wither (you can touch the horse) and use your right foot to indicate where the horse should move the front legs/hooves.
In theory, that is how it is supposed to work. When you have a 16+hh horse and a very short handler, this gets tricky! I can reach Fred's wither, but I can't put my hand on his wither and put my leg out at the same time! It just doesn't work! I was practicing setting Fred up the other day and realized I need to retrain him a bit so I don't look as silly!
Retraining the setup is one of my projects for this spring, so we are ready for a show, if possible. Here is a clip from a video with the way I will be attempting to retrain him. I should be able to put my hand on his shoulder and make the adjustments to his front end that way.