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  1. #1
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    Default Shock absorbing custom stirrups - gimmick or would these work???

    http://www.elastostep.de/_english/index.html

    Rather cumbersome looking, but I guess if you had bad knees they might be a real Godsend to help cushion the landing over the bigger jumps???

    Does something like this exist in North America at all?



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    This post caught my eye. I don't have knee problems, but am recovering from a bad back injury.
    Interesting concept...



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    Default never rode in them

    But seen them in person--kinda neat

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    Yes it does exist in North America, as I've seen them being used by Ian Millar, here in Canada and in some tack shops. And I rode with such a couple of time but they were from the co. GPG http://www.gpgstirrups.com/stirrups-c-45.html

    I personnally found them pretty big and heavy and since I don't have any back/knee problem, I prefer my KAt 'n JIn large foot bed stirrups better!
    But I still had found them comfortable and had more real suspension than the 'regular' 4way stretch rubber sided ones.

    GPG seems to now have a device you can use with your own iron! Might see if I can try that!



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    I know a number of people who ride in stirrups like that and have ridden in them myself, but I wasn't a big fan. It feels very weird at first, though I'm sure it's something to get used to. I tend to overflex my heels and ended up feeling like I was going to lose my stirrups all the time. Apparently makes a big difference over the GP height fences (on the landing side) but I am just picturing the stirrups breaking mid-course at some big event! I've seen a lot of stirrups break mid-ride.. And I'm talking expensive ones like the Royal Riders! But guess that will come into play with any piece of equipment that is heavily used and has moving parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherCK11 View Post
    This post caught my eye. I don't have knee problems, but am recovering from a bad back injury.
    Interesting concept...
    Me too! I can't decide if this makes sense to me. I am thinking the biggest benefit for a back problem would be for landing from a jump?



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    look into Royal Riders
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  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine Cullen View Post
    Me too! I can't decide if this makes sense to me. I am thinking the biggest benefit for a back problem would be for landing from a jump?
    I don't know how much sense it makes either, but I'm open to trying. It will be a while before I'm back in the saddle, but I do fear the long term ramifications of my injury (fractured T6 & T8 vertebrae) will affect my riding.
    On the bright side, pretty darn grateful I will be able to ride...so will figure out the rest as it happens.



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    Default Royal Riders

    Quote Originally Posted by spirithorse View Post
    look into Royal Riders
    I LOVE my Royal Riders...much more comfortable than steel/fillis style irons.



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