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  • Favorite Irons?

    I'm looking for new irons. Preferably something that will help me keep my heels down and foot pointed straight and and not out. I realize I need to strengthen my lower leg mostly to help this, but would love a little help from an iron too.

  • #2
    I like the offset eye stirrups, personally. Mine are pretty standard no-name 90 degree fixed offsets, rather than fancy adjustable ones. I find they put a lot less stress on my knees and ankles.

    But, it's not really your lower leg you need to worry about to get your feet pointing forwards--you actually need to do that from opening your hips.


    • #3
      I've always been curious about offset irons. I've just never ridden in any.

      I like my Sprenger bow balance stirrups. They seem to cause less/no pain in my one ankle that gives me trouble. I'd like to try an iron with a wider footbed and see how that is, because on long trail rides I still experience numbness or pain in my feet. I have terrible feet as it is.

      While I like my Sprenger's they don't help me with heel down, but they do have flex to them. I've never had to worry about my heel not being down, but I have had to focus on not pointing my toes out. My hips are very tight and I really have to stay on top of my stretching and body awareness to counter my toes being out. I also naturally stand and walk slightly toed out. So it has much deeper roots, and isn't about lower leg strength. I have enough leg strength, but I need to counter my tightness and way of going/conformation.


      • #4
        i really rate my Jins.

        the wide footbed is really supportive and the tread is mega grippy-ive NEVER lost a stirrup during some serious acrobatics.

        plus they come in pretty colours, i have matte navy currently and the kids have hot pink!!!!!!


        • #5
          I like the MDC comfort stirrups (the ones with the rotating eye, but not jointed) for dressage.

          For jumping/short stirrup I got some synthetic flexible stirrups (forget the name) with the cheese grater pads and they are great. Really lightweight and comfy, but I have to be sure my feet are kicked free before dismounting because they're sticky and light enough to come over the horse with your foot.


          • #6
            I use either a Herm Sprenger or Stubben single offset stirrup -- the kind that has a longer "branch" towards the outside of the stirrup as it hangs. This works best for my conformation and encourages my leg to point straight forward -- sort of a "pigeon toed" effect. The Stubbens are easier to find in the USA. I think you have to go to Europe for the HS ones.


            • #7
              Here's a link to the VTO site for Subben single offsets...



              • #8
                No stirrup will keep your heel down or foot more parallel to the horse. Sounds like you need to work on un-tightening your hip flexors. Unfortunately, that's all on you I ride in S safety stirrups and also have another saddle with a pair of Safestyle stirrups.
                Savor those rides where you feel like a million bucks, because there will be those where you feel like a cheap date...


                • #9
                  MDC Sport Classic
                  Patience pays.