Jointed Irons vs Non-Jointed
So, I ride in Sprenger's and a few days ago a girl told me I was "cheating" and jointed irons are "cheating heels", because she prefers non-jointed, because her heels are naturally dropped and George Morris doesn't allow Jointed Irons (She is a teenaged hunter rider on the A/AAs)..
I'm a show jumper and a fox hunter, though I have done my fair share of equitations and medals... Fox Hunting is the main reason why I got my Jointed Irons, because when I was in the saddle for four hours my knees feel like they are bone/bone and get filled with fluid and my ankle will give out. (Yes, I have been to the doctor and they have not been able to figure out what is wrong). I am unable to walk and usually have to drop the stirrup and hunt without stirrups (not ideal!).
Anyways, it was suggested I get jointed irons, not cheap ones, but to dish out the money and get the Sprengers by my trainer at the time, because the big Irish I was jumping in the arena at the time would duck out when my knee went out during the course.
So I got jointed and HOLY CRAP my ankles and knees are SO much better. Yes, they still get achey (esp when cold) and they still have bad days, but they are nothing like the used to be.
So jointed vs. non-jointed? Why would George Morris (sorry, not a worshiper, go ahead slap my hands) say he doesn't allow them? I don't think I am by any means a "cheater" because I ride in jointed irons! I see plenty of top riders riding in jointed irons..