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Thoughts on lightweight stirrups vs traditional irons?

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  • Thoughts on lightweight stirrups vs traditional irons?

    I'm considering buying some new stirrups. My pads are worn out and I take that as an excuse to possibly buy new stirrups altogether.

    I know a lot of people ride in the relatively new plasticky stirrups (i.e. royal rider, prestige silk, etc). Any opinions on them one way or the other? I remember G Morris saying a while back he hated them because he felt it was hard for a rider to recover a lost stirrup, but I had another rider tell me she rarely lost a stirrup riding in those irons. They will be for my jump saddle btw. Thanks!

    ETA: I get tendinitis in my knees fairly easily, so if they are easier on the knees that is a plus. I've seen some with the flex inserts but they are near $200
    Last edited by AUeventer; Jun. 11, 2011, 06:33 PM.

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    Keep your normal irons and buy the Super Comfort stirrup treads

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/super-...ads-6038p.aspx

    Love the grip, especially through water- but having the actual weight of a metal iron makes it easy to pick up if you happen to lose them. They have a bit of cushion and make the base of iron just a slight bit wider if you think that will help your knees. I've got them on all of my saddles, would not trade for anything. I used to have the light weight ones and did not like them at all, particularily going XC, and I don't have anything nice to say about flexi-irons (my opinion- I know some people swear by them)

    Nice cheap option, I ride several horses a day and they've held up great.

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    • #3
      I've mentioned this before, but I was a dyed in the wool, longtime (as in 40 years worth) plain jane heavy duty fillis iron kinda gal....and started to have a little annoying problem with numbness in my feet while riding.
      I bought the relatively inexpensive Composite type stirrups. They are now being carried by Dover (I think I ordered mine from Victory Canter). In any case, they were not over $40.
      By all measures they have been fabulous. I do not lose them and if I do can find them much easier than the old fillis irons. That's just me but I've done two seasons of first field hunting in them and a bunch of eventing. The numbness problem is better.
      I used the Super Comforts for many years, and have a couple pair of irons with them still on -- and my composite beat the he77 out of them for comfort. And I too thought they were great -- until I spent some time with the new stirrups.
      Everyone of course will immediately have the opposite opinion, but that's my own personal experience. And I've tried every iron known to man.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
        I've mentioned this before, but I was a dyed in the wool, longtime (as in 40 years worth) plain jane heavy duty fillis iron kinda gal....and started to have a little annoying problem with numbness in my feet while riding.
        I bought the relatively inexpensive Composite type stirrups. They are now being carried by Dover (I think I ordered mine from Victory Canter). In any case, they were not over $40.
        By all measures they have been fabulous. I do not lose them and if I do can find them much easier than the old fillis irons. That's just me but I've done two seasons of first field hunting in them and a bunch of eventing. The numbness problem is better.
        I used the Super Comforts for many years, and have a couple pair of irons with them still on -- and my composite beat the he77 out of them for comfort. And I too thought they were great -- until I spent some time with the new stirrups.
        Everyone of course will immediately have the opposite opinion, but that's my own personal experience. And I've tried every iron known to man.
        I 2nd this. While I don't have the numb foot problem, if you lose a stirrup they're easier to regain. It's because they ARE lighter. If your foot comes out, they don't swing like the irons. I 1st got the expensive Prestige, then the cheap ones came out (yes, under $40) and I've gotten 2 pair of those and they feel just the same. Now have them on all my saddles, cc, trail, and dressage!
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        • #5
          Maybe for george it is harder to find stirrups that don't bounce around after you loose them, but for the rest of us mortals, it is so much easier to find your stirrups (whether its lost, intentionally dropped, or what ever). I also find the horses are sooo much happier when I do no-stirrup work with plastic stirrups.

          I have also had foot numbing issues, but for me it has more to do with my boots and the stirrup leather across the front on my leg.

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          • #6
            I bought a pair of Prestige's Silk "Irons" recently. After riding in my trainer's I fell in love with them. I had always been leery of the lightwt ones for fear of loosing one and not being able to find it again. Not that I can find my regular ones most of the time either!

            I absolutely love them. I wish I could afford 2 pair. I got them for my jump saddle but would love a pair for my dressage saddle. Am too lazy to change them back and forth.

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            • #7
              Skip the flex for now. Try someone's before you make that investment, as they can make knee problems worse.

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              • #8
                Numbness in the feet has very little to do with the stirrup that you use. It does have more to do with the way you sit/ride.
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                • #9
                  Royal Rider of Italy has a free trial program, 1.800.800.4261 www.RoyalRiderStirrups.com

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                  • #10
                    The cheap Dover ones are great. I got them for an endurance ride I did with my mare and have kept using them ever since. The wide foot tread helps distribute weight so your feet don't go numb. I love them. I can't remember ever losing a stirrup with them actually...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                      Numbness in the feet has very little to do with the stirrup that you use. It does have more to do with the way you sit/ride.
                      My physical therapist actually is the one who thought changing the stirrup might help, and she's not even a horse person. And she was right. While it has not gone away completely, it is better than it was. And the physical cause of the numbness is indeed due to something other than the way I ride, Equibrit, although I strive to ride better, stronger and with more balance at all times. . . it's an ongoing struggle for those of us not born perfect.
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                      • #12
                        I started a thread on this topic not long ago... search for it and it might prove helpful!

                        For what it's worth, I ended up buying knock-off composite 'irons' from VTO. I think they were the Shires brand, and cost around $37. I don't have a habit of losing my stirrups, but I've noticed that since I've had these I've not ever felt even close to losing my stirrup. In fact, I'd venture to say that they are so unobtrusive you rarely think of them, because they just kind of become one with your whole leg position. Even so, I never, ever feel 'trapped' in them. Also, the times I've dropped my stirrups I've always found my irons just as quickly, if not easier, than regular fillis irons. The fillis irons seem to bounce around.. the composite irons just stay put and you can slip your foot in right away.

                        I was looking for something with a wider foot bed and NO joint. The Shires knock offs are fantastic and honestly, unless the more expensive brands significantly change my riding abilities, I can't imagine that they would be any better than what I have. I get compliments on my composite irons all the time, too.
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                        • #13
                          I have terrible bursitis in my right knee area. I had been riding in Sprenger Bow Balance stirrups, and I found they really aggravated the condition. I think the Sprengers made me pivot too much. Traditional irons are much better for me.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
                            I've mentioned this before, but I was a dyed in the wool, longtime (as in 40 years worth) plain jane heavy duty fillis iron kinda gal....and started to have a little annoying problem with numbness in my feet while riding.
                            I bought the relatively inexpensive Composite type stirrups. They are now being carried by Dover (I think I ordered mine from Victory Canter). In any case, they were not over $40.
                            By all measures they have been fabulous. I do not lose them and if I do can find them much easier than the old fillis irons. That's just me but I've done two seasons of first field hunting in them and a bunch of eventing. The numbness problem is better.
                            I used the Super Comforts for many years, and have a couple pair of irons with them still on -- and my composite beat the he77 out of them for comfort. And I too thought they were great -- until I spent some time with the new stirrups.
                            Everyone of course will immediately have the opposite opinion, but that's my own personal experience. And I've tried every iron known to man.
                            Kinda funny, I 3rd this! I too was a dyed in the wool heavy fillis lover. Tried the Composite irons (recomended by Barb from Dogwood Tack!!) and I'll never go back. I had numbness across the ball of my foot and it went away completely. And yes, I don't lose these irons! Not that I lose my irons often, but in over a year I have not once lost them! They are on both my jump and dressage saddle now. I just have the plain style, not the wide base.

                            My saddle fitter asked me about them, like why I liked them, and I really couldn't put it into words, just that I do. She said everyone kinda gives that response. The Composites are cheap enough to try.

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                            • #15
                              And I 4th it. I had always ridden in a heavy fillis type stirrup until a few months ago. I'd had vague knee problems, but thought it was associated with other physical pursuits and didn't think anything of it. But while gearing up for another attempt at getting my mare to a horse trial I wanted to spruce up all my tack pieces. No matter what I did to my old fillis irons I could not get them as bright and shiny as I wanted. So I ordered the super lite composite ones from Dover even though I'd looked at them in tack stores and didn't like how unsubstantial they felt. But after riding in them I will never go back to the heavy irons. I never lost an iron with them, and they made my legs feel so good after that I suddenly realized that the old stirrups had caused me a lot of unnecessary pain.
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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Fractious Fox View Post
                                I started a thread on this topic not long ago... search for it and it might prove helpful!
                                I totally did a search and found nothing. I guess I was not using the right keywords! I really want to try the lighter ones now...and I wasn't aware there were off brands that were available so cheap!! Thanks for all this info!

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                                • #17
                                  Interesting thread, thanks for posting. If the other "dyed in the wool"ers like them so much, I may even give them a try. I wouldn't have given them a thought due to thinking if I did lose a stirrup, I might find it hard to get back..... OP let us know how you like them?

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                                  • #18
                                    I really like the idea of the plastic ones. Anything to take any extra weight off the horses.

                                    However, I would caution against the cheaper plastic ones if you are eventing. If a rider and horse had a fall and the cheaper stirrup got cracked off something, I have heard that they can crack into sharp shards quite easily, whereas the more expensive ones are designed not to.

                                    I know - it might sound paranoid, but just worth keeping in mind..

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                                    • #19
                                      I did not read the thread, only the OP so I'm sorry if I am repeating anything...


                                      for XC I don't like light weight stirrups. If I lose a stirrup I want it to fall down and stay relatively in place while I seek it.
                                      I think the light weight might bounce around too much.

                                      For dressage, I like them to be a little lighter because I'm 6' and have quite a long leg. Most of the horses I ride are 16h or smaller.
                                      When I had heavy irons I would loose them all the time because often I need to lift my leg to give a horse a nudge and the heavy stirrups would not stay with my foot.
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                                      • #20
                                        I bought the cheap knockoff before investing in more expensive Royal Riders. And then I loved the cheap ones so much I've never upgraded. I've never used mine for jumping-they are on my dressage saddle, but I like the wider foot bed MUCH better than the traditional stirrup.

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