Anyone find that the fancy jointed/flexing/etc stirrups hurt more than helped?
I have been riding in my trainer's training saddle for about a month and marveled at how good my knees felt. She's got the super-comfort iron pads on regular HS irons (certainly no rubbery sides, I'm not sure if the footbed flexes, I must check.) In fact, I was happily and surprize-dly postponing cortisone injections.
Sunday I got a new saddle so started using my own HS Bow Balance stirrups again (been using them for 4+ years and thinking all the while how much worse I'd feel without them).
I rode in the new saddle (with schmancy irons) for oh ... half an hour. Monday I felt creaky again. I rode yesterday for an hour-ish. In a couple of hours my knees were fat(ter) and ouchy.
Same boots ... similar saddle ... differerent irons.
Last edited by AllWeatherGal; Dec. 5, 2012 at 08:08 PM.
Reason: Bow Balance, not BowFlex
I had a pair of Sprenger flexible stirrups with cheese grater pads. I never felt like I had a stable base to post from. I switched to a pair of heavy fillis that hang perpendicular to the horse http://www.tackzone.com/catalog/offs...ups-p-803.html They really seemed to help my riding. And yes my knees and ankles thank me every time I ride
I have a pair of the MDC Intelligent Eye stirrups with the flexible sides, and I just bought a pair of cheap, wide tracked black plastic irons with no flexible sides because my knees are KILLING ME! This is the first pair of flexible stirrups I've had issues with; I had HS flexible irons back in 2000 (when they were $50!) and never had an issue.
The other thing I don't like about these MDC irons is the weight--they were stretching my Passier leathers out! I'll keep them for now but I'd sell them in a heartbeat.
I don't like the flexible ones. I do however love my wide track composite stirrups. The footbed flexes just a little. I foxhunt in them and feel perfectly stable. They're awesome. And my knees don't hurt. Making them even more awesome!
same here. thought the jointed stirrups would help with my hip/knee/ankle pain. They did not. Tried wide-track composites and problem was resolved. Recently purchased the horze reflex stirrups and those, IMO, are the best yet.
Thanks for additional ideas ... and I'd like to clarify that I'm planning to use these as stirrups on a *dressage* saddle (the implication is that I'm a dressage rider, but that's yet to be determined!)
I just started riding in my new Bow Balance. I don't use them for dressage...only jumping. I noticed all three times I've used them my SHINS hurt like the dickins while I'm riding! I've never had that happen before! My bad knee feels better but the shins hurt worse then my knee ever did! I'm going to try my old stirrups out to see if my shins still hurt. So wierd. Why would that happen? Overflexed?
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
I just started riding in my new Bow Balance. I don't use them for dressage...only jumping. I noticed all three times I've used them my SHINS hurt like the dickins while I'm riding! ... Why would that happen? Overflexed?
Do you stretch your shins/calves before riding (you know, toe up against a wall or other incline and lean forward with a bent knee?) ... might help
You guys chasing your stirrups ... this is with the HS Bow Balance and/or MDCs (which are supposed to be right where you need them)? Wonder why that is ...
BigBay, what's the exact brand of your cheapos? It seems like there are so many variables, I want to get more exact deets.
Thanks y'all for the confirmation, disagreement and suggestions!
I have the 5 inch ones, but they do not look like they are 5"! I usually ride in 4.75" with plenty of room on both sides of my boots, but these make me nervous as they are close to the sides. They are wide track, though, and the "cheese grater" pads will make your foot stay put!
I tend to be more of a traditionalist in my dressage attire, too, but I rode a friend's horse in her black composite irons with a wide track and I was sold. I had started to feel some discomfort in my feet while riding (in addition to the other hurting joints from my MDCs), but the wide track eliminated the foot pain! You just have to be REALLY careful with the cheese grater pads scratching your tack.