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Petstorejunkie
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:18 PM
Let me start by saying, I'm a Dressage rider, who changes tack once a week and does some cross training over stadium and cross country jumps to keep my horse's brain and body healthy.
I've noticed when I ride in my jump saddle my ankle and knee joints feel like some oragami experiment gone way wrong when I hop off. I'm working on getting more elastic in these joints( ie not bracing), and reminding myself not to jam my heels down (I'm of the heels down and pray equitation variety over fences :lol: ) and I'm wondering if some type of flexi stirrup would help me?
My saddle puts me in a nice position with my hip and ankle aligned, and I'm currently using just a regular heavy fillis iron.
I'd prefer to stay under $120 unless its a REALLY in demand iron that I could sell on ebay if it's a bust.

TIA :)

GutsNGlory
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:38 PM
I do believe that GM believes there is no better stirrup for jumping than a traditional iron. ;)

However, having suffered from ankle issues since childhood, I know the pain that can be associated with riding/jumping in a fillis iron. I switched to the jointed stirrups years ago, which helped provide some relief to my ankles/tendons when riding. Last year, my mom bought me a pair of the wide track light weight composite stirrups (like these (http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.aspx?p=mc-0742&tid=shopngsale&catalog_code=1x832&eid=x1832001&zmam=1460880&zmas=1&zmac=39&zmap=mc-0742)). I have had these on my XC saddle since and love them. I no longer have the pain I did before. But I also can't attribute that solely to my stirrup choice - I have also been working very hard to strengthen my ankles and stretch my achilles tendons. A big key for me has actually been to strengthen my hamstrings and quads. If you exercise regularly, I recommend throwing in more stretching and some leg lifts, ham curls, squats, etc. to help! :)

tarheelmd07
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:43 PM
I recently put the Royal Rider composite stirrups (http://www.smartpakequine.com/royal-rider-stirrups-2369p.aspx?cm_vc=Search ) on my jumping saddle at my trainer's suggestion - and I love them! I was concerned that I wouldn't like the lightweight nature of them as I've been a diehard heavy fillis irons kind of girl for a long time, but I feel like the composite material does a better job of shock-absorption than my old irons - and my knees, hips, and ankles seem to agree!

They do come in a flexible version (http://www.smartpakequine.com/royal-rider-flexible-stirrups-2370p.aspx?cm_vc=Search ) - but I really dislike the bendy-type stirrups (sprenger, bow balance, MDC, UMS, etc). I've tried them in the past because friends swore by them for helping with knee-pain while jumping...but they just didn't work for me (my ankles threw a fit!)

CarolinaGirl
Jan. 10, 2012, 12:44 PM
I love my jointed stirrups.. I have herm sprenger irons and have had them probably almost 10 years now. My ankles can really tell a difference if I borrow a saddle that has regular irons on it. I'm not a huge fan of the composite stirrups as the one I've seen tend to be very light weight which makes it hard for me to pick up my stirrups if I should lose one "on the go" as they tend to flop a little more... but that might just be me.

Oberon13
Jan. 10, 2012, 01:53 PM
Thanks for this thread, PSJ! I'm also a dressage rider, primarily, but I still love jumping, and the mare thinks it's great fun (and therefore a mental reward for her!). I like the idea of the wider base to a stirrup, like the Royal Riders...my issue is that my toes go all numb when I'm jumping. It's almost like the regular fillis iron is just too narrow under the ball of my foot...

Does anyone have comparison ideas between the wide base like the Royal Riders versus the comfort stirrup pads (http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.aspx?p=x1-0752&tid=froogle&eid=x1814001&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=googlefeed)? Is one better than the other? Any thoughts?

wildlifer
Jan. 10, 2012, 02:06 PM
I tried the wider composite stirrups and could not detect any difference between them and regular fillis irons, so I sold them on. Back to my old (cheap!) fillis style stirrups, TYVM.

eventer_mi
Jan. 10, 2012, 02:34 PM
I've tried the Royal Riders, the MDC Intelligent irons, and the Herm Sprenger Bow Balances, and i've stuck with the BBs. I have multiple issues with my joints due to multiple accidents over the years, and the BBs are the only ones that address these issues. I am no longer crippled after a long ride with these stirrups. They, for me, are WELL worth the price, and I can easily sell them on Ebay if they no longer work for me. FWIW, I bought them off Ebay for a little under $200 ($190 if my memory serves me correctly).

purplnurpl
Jan. 10, 2012, 03:00 PM
I like Stubben exercise stirrups.
The size and weight is perfect.

I have bad knees so I tried the jointed stirrups but my ankles are already so flexible that I spend the whole ride trying to get a grip on my stirrups. They feel like the are running away from me.

The non traditional evening stirrups are often lighter weight and I don't like that either. If I lose a stirrup I like it to hang heavy in the correct place so that I can slide my foot back in easily and not have to chase a light weight flop stirrup through the air.

Far_North_Equestrian
Jan. 10, 2012, 04:29 PM
I like the cheapie flexible stirrups that are about $40 at the local tack shop. Interestingly enough, I have them on my dressage saddle, and ride in a solid safety stirrup when jumping (these - which really do work: http://www.horseloverz.com/STA-BRITE-Curved-Safety-Stirrups-pr-188520.html). You clearly have different needs though - so try some cheap flexi-stirrups first and see if they do the job.

keatssu
Jan. 10, 2012, 04:44 PM
HS Bow Balance is my vote. I rode in my friend's saddle one day and could not believe how much better my legs felt. I ride 5-6 days a week and have had no knee or ankle pain since switching. You would definitely be able to sell them. By the way, I have 43 year old legs!

scubed
Jan. 10, 2012, 05:36 PM
There are a pair of stirrups that I got with the leathers (which are prestige) used from a friend. They are composite stirrups, which I really like. No flex or anything, but I like the lighter weight and the feel of them.

Bogie
Jan. 10, 2012, 05:46 PM
Does anyone have comparison ideas between the wide base like the Royal Riders versus the comfort stirrup pads (http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.aspx?p=x1-0752&tid=froogle&eid=x1814001&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=googlefeed)? (http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.aspx?p=x1-0752&tid=froogle&eid=x1814001&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=googlefeed%29?) Is one better than the other? Any thoughts?

I have both and honestly, I prefer the Super Comfort pads. They increase the size of the base and give just enough padding. I foxhunt and used them all fall. Except for the one day when I switched saddles without changing over my leathers/irons and rode with the Royal Riders. I felt the difference!

I put my comfort pads on my jointed stirrups and that works best for me and my over 50 joints.

Oberon13
Jan. 10, 2012, 06:15 PM
Awesome...thanks, Bogie! I'm going to give the Super Comfort Pads a try and see if it alleviates the numb/sleepy toes. ;)

Petstorejunkie
Jan. 10, 2012, 06:24 PM
Awesome...thanks, Bogie! I'm going to give the Super Comfort Pads a try and see if it alleviates the numb/sleepy toes. ;)
be sure to post back!
Thank you for all the suggestions! It seems to be tied between RR and BB :lol:

TheBrightSide06
Jan. 10, 2012, 09:44 PM
I have these http://www.doversaddlery.com/horse-s-jointed-stirrup-irons/p/X1-0735/ with these http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.aspx?p=x1-0752&ids=becfecux252gjw45izvznb55 on them. I have tendonitis in both knees and my toes have a tendency to fall asleep. The combination of these two have pretty much cut out all pain.
Love them!

mg
Jan. 11, 2012, 01:47 AM
I just use plain old, no frills, fillis irons. If you believe you have issues with jamming your heel down too much, I would think jointed stirrups would just exacerbate the issue. If you're looking for more comfort, I'd go with the comfort stirrup pads. I have pretty bad joints, especially my knees, and I've found the best thing for me is to be strong in my core and lower leg and maintain proper balance so I'm not improperly supporting myself in my lower joints.

deltawave
Jan. 11, 2012, 09:04 AM
Peacocks. Safety over looks, and I have never found jointed stirrups more or less comfortable. *shrug*

Oberon13
Jan. 11, 2012, 09:30 AM
I have the Foot Free Safety Irons (the ones with the S-shaped outer branch - nothing movable), but I've never ridden in peacocks...even when I was a kid bombing around on ponies. I completely agree about the "safety first" sentiment...and I've always come free out of the stirrups with the Foot Free ones. DW, do you feel the peacocks are even safer than the S-shaped stirrups? Do you do peacocks on your dressage saddle, too?

CarolinaGirl
Jan. 11, 2012, 09:46 AM
Peacocks. Safety over looks, and I have never found jointed stirrups more or less comfortable. *shrug*

I have no idea how, but I manage to rip the crotch out of my pants getting off with peacock irons. They get caught on the lower ball and riiiiippp, so needless to say I won't use peacocks now lol.

Far_North_Equestrian
Jan. 11, 2012, 01:19 PM
I have no idea how, but I manage to rip the crotch out of my pants getting off with peacock irons. They get caught on the lower ball and riiiiippp, so needless to say I won't use peacocks now lol.

Yup, I did this once too! Wound up with a nasty gash on my pubic area as well.

I've been told that peacocks are not really meant to support the weight of an average adult rider though - supposedly if you're over about 120# they can bend enough to suddenly snap one day (the metal, not the elastic).

Oberon13
Jan. 11, 2012, 01:34 PM
Yup, I did this once too! Wound up with a nasty gash on my pubic area as well.

I've been told that peacocks are not really meant to support the weight of an average adult rider though - supposedly if you're over about 120# they can bend enough to suddenly snap one day (the metal, not the elastic).

*shudder* for both...the gash and the possibility of a breaking stirrup. Aaack!:eek:

deltawave
Jan. 11, 2012, 02:03 PM
I weigh about 155, and have never visibly bent the metal on my peacocks, one pair of which I've been using steadily since about 2001. :lol: Happily I've never put them to the test, either--when I get dumped my feet normally just pop out. If they break, they break . . . I can live with that possibility. Any piece of tack can fail. But I've yet to break a stirrup. And I jump off, not slide off . . . haven't impaled myself yet. ;)

I'm not saying they're the safest, but they meet my needs. I have tried the S-shaped ones way back when and was sort of ambivalent about them because for some reason, IIRC, one of them was always getting caught up on my spur strap or my half chaps. I'm sort of also like GM in this one regard--I dislike "funny looking" gear. :lol:

I've no objection to the ones that release, either, but this is nothing to do with the OP's question! :lol: I just have not found mobile or jointed stirrups any more or less comfortable than regular ones.

I do have the ones with the "eye" rotated 90 degrees on my dressage saddles, as they make it easier for me to reclaim a lost stirrup, which only ever happens to me in the dressage saddles. :)

ltmac
Jan. 11, 2012, 08:26 PM
I LOVE my Bow Balance irons!! I just put my first Super Comfort pads on them (Christmas present!) and I can already tell the difference! I use them on my jump saddle, and I feel like they have helped my lower leg positioning. I put a second pair of Super Comfort pads on my Fillis irons for my Dressage saddle.