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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 22, 2009

    Default Making Cheese Grater Stirrup Fillers Less Sharp

    I have the Royal Rider irons and am finding that I can't use the cheese graters as my feet are not comfortable. After years of riding the balls of my feet have become sensitive to them. The rubber ones are comfortable, but I would like more grip, especially in the rain as I find that I cannot rely on pushing all my weight in my heals without my feet slipping out.

    So is there a way to make them less sharp?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 22, 2000


    I use something like this:

    and I find that I have plenty of grip. They fit right over any stirrup.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct. 24, 2001


    You probably could find something to file/sand them down a bit, but you'd probably be better off going with a different type of stirrup pad.

    I have the Super Comfort Pads, liked in the post above, on my dressage saddle, and do find them comfortable and grippier than regular rubber pads, and actually like them better than the cheese grater knockoffs I had on it before. On my jumping saddle I use ProJump pads, which screw in place, and are great. IMO, they've got more grip than the Super Comforts, but aren't sharp like the cheese graters. And the pair I have is almost 10 years old, and shows almost no signs of wear.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul. 11, 2005
    West Coast


    Love my cheese graters. I bet a few minutes with an old farrier's rasp (or something similar) would do the trick.
    It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 19, 2009
    Out West


    I had my farrier smooth out the edges when I found they were scratching my saddle flaps when run up. I imagine your farrier could take some of the "edge" off of the top...??

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan. 29, 2013
    Greensboro, NC


    you can always take a hammer and lightly pound the "edges"/ "points" down a bit.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan. 25, 2011


    I suppose you could tap them down a bit with a small hammer but I'd probably just use a super comfort pad, like the one a previous poster linked. I've got some and they're fantastic in the rain and for every day. They also don't scratch my saddle even when run up.
    Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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