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Invite
Jul. 17, 2009, 06:37 PM
If my bones heal properly, I am going to be cleared by the doctor to start riding in September. Before my accident, I was having trouble "holding" my stirrups. I have idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy which causes my feet to be numb. I cannot fully feel my stirrups. Actually, I can barely feel them and have to use my hands to put my feet in the stirrups. I have tried the Herm Sprenger System 4 stirrups with regular stirrup pads, cheese grater pads, and the "Super Comfort" pads. The HS stirrups are a definite no. I have also used regular stirrup irons with all the aforementioned pads.

Are there any of you out there with numb feet? If so, have any of you tried the MDC stirrups? I really don't know if the MDC's might help me keep my stirrups or if this would just be a dumb idea. Any opinions out there?

Thanks in advance for any opinions or ideas :)

TheHorseProblem
Jul. 17, 2009, 07:08 PM
There is an FEI rider out there who has a waiver to ride without stirrups. There was an article in DT about her. Her problem was pain related, not numbness, but I would think the numbness would be putting you at risk.

Pony Fixer
Jul. 17, 2009, 08:49 PM
Robin Bruekmann (spelling?) I think she has some sort of peripheral neuropathy, rides without stirrups with a dispensation. Fabulous rider.

pintopiaffe
Jul. 17, 2009, 09:10 PM
I can get numbness in one foot due to sciatica. The offset eye *can* help keep the stirrup in place... but I wonder if something that swivelled freely, like a spanish stirrup might be better?

I'm not sure. Maybe someone with more therapuetic riding experience than me can help. I really like endurance type wide-tread stirrups for some of my Special Olympians. You can get them in 'english' stirrups... even the four bar polo or Aussie saddle irons might help? I'm not sure the angle of the leather is the issue, so much as the iron staying more stable and more in one place???

IdahoRider
Jul. 17, 2009, 09:19 PM
I don't have any answers, but I am watching what others have to say with keen interest.

I have numbness in both feet, due to a spinal cord injury, and have had a huge amount of trouble keeping my stirrups. I can't pick my stirrups up once I lose them, and have to stop and either have someone else place my foot back in or I have to reach down and place my foot back by hand myself.

Becoming more stable with my seat helped a lot, but it seems I have hit a wall in recent weeks.
Sheilah

TheHorseProblem
Jul. 17, 2009, 09:50 PM
Robin Bruekmann (spelling?) I think she has some sort of peripheral neuropathy, rides without stirrups with a dispensation. Fabulous rider.

That's the one! She does bridleless dressage as well. And it's Brueckmann (thanks, Google.)

whicker
Jul. 17, 2009, 11:16 PM
I am looking for the same thing because of spinal cord problems. The USEF president's office is willing to give requests for special dispensation, but wants us (the riders) to come up with the stirrup modification. There isn't anything in the rule book trhat I have found that governs the shape and demensions of the stirrup.

Pintopiaffe, how about a link to the stirrup you like that looks english? I can ask some endurance tean riders for their thoughts. So far the answers tend to run towards cages in the front of the stirrup to keep the foot from coming through. I like all the extra padding under the foot and the width, less shock up through the back.

How do the para-equestrian riders handle it?

Ellie&Werther
Jul. 18, 2009, 12:44 AM
I'm a para equestrian classified as Grade III and I am in the middle of writing a dispensation to allow for On Tyte Stirrups, instead on the rubber bands listed on my dispensation. http://www.ontyte.com/index.html

Pony Fixer
Jul. 18, 2009, 12:52 AM
I sat next to Ashley (owner of OnTyte) on a flight to Wellington this winter. Really nice, interesting product.

Ellie&Werther
Jul. 18, 2009, 12:57 AM
I sat next to Ashley (owner of OnTyte) on a flight to Wellington this winter. Really nice, interesting product.
I think there is a really good niche market for it in para community, in fact, Bob McDonald, Debbie McDonald's husband is the one who came up with the idea for me to ride in them. As a fellow para rider pointed out to me at the nationals at lamplight this year, it is really nice because it aids in greater independence, you don't have have someone adjust your stirrups when you get on and off. I'm very recently from the hunter world getting fitted for a new pair of dress boots with the magnets from Anne Hubbard Tack at the Hunter/Jumper show in August.

pintopiaffe
Jul. 18, 2009, 11:50 AM
Whicker, I'm off to get the swim team for a mare right now, when I get home I'll browse around. The ones I like *are* safety stirrups too, but Arete saddlery has them. Used to have them in silver as well as colours but discontinued some, not sure if they're still available in silver.

There are one or two other endurance ones that the name escapes me right at this moment, but I'll find them for you later today!

Invite
Jul. 18, 2009, 01:16 PM
I had no idea that so many others suffered from a similar lack of independence! If I ride without stirrups, I do fine for the most part. When I am riding with stirrups and my foot slips out, I lose my balance and get all off kilter. Actually, the reason I am out of the saddle at the moment is that I lost a stirrup while cantering and was foolishly attempting to get it back by leaning over (I stupidly remained at the canter for this), my horse spooked just as I was starting to get back "in place" and I hit the dirt. I have numbness all over, not just in my feet, so I lack some body control. According to the person who saw me said I just flew like a ragdoll. I managed to shatter my ring finger and had to have it surgically repaired. Because the finger was so bad, the surgeon had to cut me open and use little mini screws to hold the bones in place. This has left me with a 3 month riding hiatus. I am hoping to avoid another stupid accident.

Thank you all for your wonderful ideas. My seat is good...when it is in the saddle rather then hanging out to get a stirrup...so stirrup-less might be my best plan. Due to my muscle weakness, I have to rely on balance and I have found that I don't improperly grip like I sometimes used to. In some ways, the neuropathy and yet to be diagnosed muscle weakness is working to my advantange.

I truly appreciate all of your support. I have been wanting to post this for some time, but I was a little embarassed. Thanks for making me feel like I'm not alone in my journey!

whicker
Jul. 18, 2009, 04:40 PM
Invite, you are among friends!

I felt the same way. I am really glad you had the courage to post this thread.

You might enjoy the para-equestrian competitions, too. Incredibly kind gutsy riders. There is international competition and the US is very keen on encouraging riders to aim for the para-olympic team.

I think the ontite stirrups look very interesting. I hate that feeling of out of balance wobbling panic when I lose a stirrup. I bet my horses will be grateful, too.

sending pm

cinthia
Jul. 18, 2009, 07:43 PM
I ride with MDC stirrups, which I got when I badly sprained my ankle...no other physical considerations.
I felt it helped when riding with the sprain as I could adjust the angle so that my ankle flexed in a more straight ahead rather than 30 degrees to the side, which was much less painful.
My ankle has long since recovered. I do use the MDC stirrups adjusted at a slight angle for my upper level horse and enjoy the feeling of using more precise aids. However, with my big moving youngster, I use them as a regular stirrup (no angle in the top piece) as I feel the slight wrap of the stirrup leather across the front of my lower leg helps to keep my lower leg in place and also the stirrup on. Just my experience, but I can't see how these stirrups would help you.

Sarabeth
Jul. 18, 2009, 08:02 PM
There is only one problem with the MDC stirrups with adjustable tops: if you lose them, they are hard to pick up. Probably even more so if you can't feel your feet. Whereas with traditional stirrups, you just point your toe at your horse and scoop them back up. Hmm.

vbunny
Jul. 18, 2009, 10:39 PM
Don't the jumpers have magnetic stirrups that help keep your feet in the stirrups? Try posting over there, I bet they have some new ideas. I don't know much about them, I just remember a friend talking about them.

dbadaro
Jul. 18, 2009, 10:42 PM
Robin Bruekmann (spelling?) I think she has some sort of peripheral neuropathy, rides without stirrups with a dispensation. Fabulous rider.

i have met het and she is an awesome rider! she competes in the paralympics

TheHorseProblem
Jul. 19, 2009, 12:03 AM
When I suggested it might be putting you at risk to ride with stirrups, I was thinking about when I'm unbalanced or nervous and my leg curls up, my left foot tends to go home in the stirrup. I have fallen off so many times, that I have a big fear of falling and having my foot get caught in the stirrup. So I was thinking if a rider couldn't feel when this had happened, this would increase that risk. Does that sound logical, or am I just being overly cautious?

whicker
Jul. 19, 2009, 12:38 PM
The ontite website addresses that problem of letting go in a fall. It is designed to let go. The magnet is in the stirrup, not the boot. The list of riders using it for eventing and jumping is quite impressive. I will see if I can ask the owner to talk to us about it.

pintopiaffe
Jul. 19, 2009, 12:45 PM
Why would you need dispensation for the On Tites? That is an amazing concept, it's too bad it's so expensive (and not saying they're not WORTH it, just way out of reach for some!)

These are the Arete stirrups I was speaking of. I do not think you would need any kind of dispensation for them, they are metal 'safety' stirrups: (obviously the silver or black would be appropriate: ) http://www.aretesaddlery.com/tack/tack/stirrups-irons/english-endurance-stirrups/prod_155.html

toe stoppers here: http://www.american-flex.com/stirrups.htm

I can't find the ones I used to have linked something like "Cloud 9?" or similar? Cloud... something... anyone? (perhaps on the endurance forum they'd know)

The Kedron comfort Iron is another, wider, (though not AS wide) I do not like that it has a subtle slant too--I force my heels down too much. That might be super for some people though! http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/3099/KCT246 Again--no dispensation needed for these at all.

Nylon wide 'irons' on this page: http://www.fourwinds.net/esadcat/stiriron.html (also at Adams Horse Supply)

E-Z rides can be closed more on the top and put on a traditional english leather. I use them for police work. But they don't "look" as traditional. (they are COMFY!) and might need dispensation.

I find the offset eye to be helpful for retrieving stirrup, but I'm sure that varies.

Four bar "Aussie" stirrups or Polo stirrups are traditional english with just a wider foot bed... Aussies shown here: http://www.fourwinds.net/esadcat/endrstir.html

Still looking, but there's a start...

Ellie&Werther
Jul. 19, 2009, 12:46 PM
The ontite website addresses that problem of letting go in a fall. It is designed to let go. The magnet is in the stirrup, not the boot. The list of riders using it for eventing and jumping is quite impressive. I will see if I can ask the owner to talk to us about it.

It actually has a magnet in the boot and the stirrup, but the connection is weak enough, that if you were to fall it will disengage. I think if the FEI approved it for jumping, their shouldn't be a problem using it for dressage. I'm still writing my dispensation, I will let you know what they say when I send it in.

whicker
Jul. 19, 2009, 01:03 PM
I spoke to the owners of ontyte and they are going to post to the thread in about an hour or so, when they get to a hotel.

whicker
Jul. 19, 2009, 01:12 PM
Ellie and Werther,

Thank you in advance for the offer of sharing the word. I hope this works.

Rudee
Jul. 19, 2009, 02:19 PM
I am an amateur rider who is extending my riding enjoyment directly because of Ontyte. I have been riding with knee and feet problems for several years and was starting to think I should look for another sport. I started in Ontyte and the extra nerves and pain went away because I did not feel I had to grip so hard to keep my stirrups - Riding became fun again.

My dressage trainer uses them and has recommended them to several of her students. They allow the rider to keep the soft foot without the danger of blowing a stirrup and loosing their balance at the expense of their horses mouth.

I have been using the stirrups for several years now so if you have any questions let me know.

Ashley OnTyte
Jul. 19, 2009, 02:27 PM
Hey! "Wicker" gave me a call this morning to talk about OnTyte Magnetic Stirrups. OnTyte was originally developed for an aging amateur jumper rider who had trouble keeping her stirrups due to foot problems.

As some one has posted OnTyte is being used widely in the jumping community and as posted previously we have riders such as Laura Kraut, Mclain Ward and Phillip Dutton using our stirrups.

We have found OnTyte offers much more then stirrup loss prevention, it allows a rider increased contact along with better stability and balance. We believe OnTyte would be perfect for the para equestrian community!

I have had RA for almost 10 years and due to my body changes OnTyte has allowed me to continue riding even with the strength loss and less body control. I think it would be something that could really help those of you with little to no feeling in you feet and legs.

We are FEI accepted for jumping and 3 Day.

Please go www.OnTyte.com for product information or to www.youtube.com/watch?v=21FJFAueUXY for demonstration video of getting on and off.

Please e-mail me with any questions, Ashley@ontyte.com

Ambrey
Jul. 19, 2009, 03:22 PM
Thorowgood also makes a wide footbed stirrup out of a lightweight composite (I really prefer the light stirrups!).

http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=CRWTSI

Ellie&Werther
Jul. 19, 2009, 04:12 PM
Hey! "Wicker" gave me a call this morning to talk about OnTyte Magnetic Stirrups. OnTyte was originally developed for an aging amateur jumper rider who had trouble keeping her stirrups due to foot problems.

As some one has posted OnTyte is being used widely in the jumping community and as posted previously we have riders such as Laura Kraut, Mclain Ward and Phillip Dutton using our stirrups.

We have found OnTyte offers much more then stirrup loss prevention, it allows a rider increased contact along with better stability and balance. We believe OnTyte would be perfect for the para equestrian community!

I have had RA for almost 10 years and due to my body changes OnTyte has allowed me to continue riding even with the strength loss and less body control. I think it would be something that could really help those of you with little to no feeling in you feet and legs.

We are FEI accepted for jumping and 3 Day.

Please go www.OnTyte.com for product information or to www.youtube.com/watch?v=21FJFAueUXY for demonstration video of getting on and off.

Please e-mail me with any questions, Ashley@ontyte.com

Thanks for posting, I am getting a much needed new pair of boots from Anne Hubbard and on tyte stirrups, at the hunter/jumper horse show in Lexington, KY in August. I can't wait!

Invite
Jul. 19, 2009, 06:44 PM
Thorowgood also makes a wide footbed stirrup out of a lightweight composite (I really prefer the light stirrups!).

http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=CRWTSI

These stirrups look really interesting. On-Tyte seem like they might be a good option. I considered the MDC as I thought they might be easier to get my foot back in. I thought having them in the 90 degree position might make things easier as the stirrup wouldn't be flat against the horse's side if I lost it. I don't have the ability to turn my toe toward the horse and pick up the stirrup. Fortunately, my toes won't/can't point downward (or upward for that matter ;) ), so I don't have the worry of my foot getting stuck.

Uggghhhh...the trials and tribulations of having neurological problems! I guess I'll just keep my sense of humor and keep trucking :)
Thanks for all the advice!

pintopiaffe
Jul. 19, 2009, 09:43 PM
I guess I still can't figure out why the OnTytes would need a dispensation? While certainly a different method, the mountain horse boot/stirrup combo has been around a bit, and you wouldn't need any special dispensation for that?

whicker
Jul. 19, 2009, 11:19 PM
I had a phone call with Ashley of ontyte after she posted here. Journeyman saddle repair in Middleburg has the set-up to trial the stirrups and the re-soles. They have a rubber slip-on bootie like the footie with the sample bars attached. There is going to be a lower priced way to use the stirrups that uses the bootie so you can slip it over whatever you are using for a boot. It won't look pretty for show, but would be quick for everyday use.

My P.T. is in Middleburg, so I plan to go over afterwards and check it out. I'll let you all know what I find.

I sure hope it works!:cool:

whicker
Jul. 19, 2009, 11:27 PM
Pintopiaffe,
I think there won't be a need for the dispensation for the ontite. Especially since it has been blessed for normal rider use in the Olympics.:eek: (:lol::lol: Cackle! what an oxymoron that is!)

srg
Jul. 20, 2009, 12:28 AM
I'm a Grade IV Para Equestrian rider related to an incomplete spinal cord injury. I don't have much feeling in my left leg from the mid-thigh down. If I lose my left stirrup from the saddle, it is very unlikely I can get it back without assistance from someone on the ground. I use a #107 rubber band on my left foot. I also ride in the MDC stirrups. So far, it's a very effective combination, but I think the rubber band makes a bigger difference than the MDC stirrups. I have a very BOINGY FEI mare and sometimes I wish I could band both feet to the stirrups! LOL

I also ride my 3 year old, green broke filly and I haven't yet had the guts to band my foot in the stirrup with her, although she is an angel, and seems to know she she should take good care of me.

Ellie&Werther
Jul. 20, 2009, 03:03 AM
I guess I still can't figure out why the OnTytes would need a dispensation? While certainly a different method, the mountain horse boot/stirrup combo has been around a bit, and you wouldn't need any special dispensation for that?

When I was classified for FEI Para in May, I talked to one of my classifiers about it who sits on the dispensation committee for USEF said that I should write one up for them. It makes it easier for TDs checking appropriate equipment.

dizzywriter
Oct. 10, 2009, 09:00 PM
Thanks for posting this thread, which I am following with interest.

whicker
Oct. 11, 2009, 12:39 AM
Dizzywriter,

I did a review of the ontyte stirrup. Check my posts for it, as I can't remember right now which thread I used.

It was a smashing success for me! I bought a pair and had my boots resoled with the metal plates by ontyte's cobbler. I highly recommend them and the Journeyman saddlers in Middleburg.

I can do so much without fear of falling, now. If my green mare spooks, I stay with the horse, without effort. I can stay out of her mouth, since I am not losing the stirrup when my back is zapped. My back less frequently gets zapped because I don't lose my balance as much or as often.

It is a learning curve for the first day or two, but one's body propreciption quickly changes and relaxes the panic tension. The stirrups are well worth the effort to try.

Invite
Oct. 12, 2009, 08:59 PM
Unfortunately, during my trip to VA, I did not get to try out Whicker's On-Tyte stirrups. Kitty Garrity of L'Apogee saddles loaned me a really cool pair of Royal Riders offset stirrups with cheese grater "pads" and I liked them a lot. I also rode in SRG's saddle with the "flexi" MDC stirrups. The flex doesn't work well for me, as it makes me feel as though I am always reaching...hopefully that makes sense! Before I had my most recent accident, I was riding in Herm Sprenger's with the offset eye and found them very comfy and supportive!

Marissa Stashenko
Oct. 27, 2009, 03:42 PM
Hi Everyone!

I am so glad to hear that you are all talking about and using OnTyte Magnetic Stirrups! I am helping to spread the word about OnTyte via the internet, so if you like the product or even are interested in the idea of them, you can become a fan on Facebook and follow OnTyte on Twitter.

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Also, keep your eye out for the new blog on the website.

Thanks and good luck to you all :)