• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Rubber band stirrup irons.

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #21
    If you do mean Peacock Stirrup Irons, as far as I've always been aware there is a weight limit on them, and I have seen many over the years where the footplate has bent. Thinking back I'm almost sure they only used to come in child sizes, back in the day. I never felt very safe using them.

    If it is the mountain horse style you mean, I haven't heard of any problems with them so far, but I feel like since the structure is similar there may be similar issues?


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by eponacowgirl View Post
      Thanks, yes I was thinking about the peacocks. Some other nice options out there though.


      • #23
        Originally posted by dreaminOTTB View Post
        A local riding school I used to ride at requires them on all English saddles. I've seen them fail (bands pop off) many times when they shouldn't and I don't feel comfortable using them for that reason.
        I trail rode for years with them and got tired of the rubber band popping off. Your foot flops out of the stirrup easily without the band. I changed over to the stirrups that are s-shaped on 1 side. They are in the post above with the link to Smartpak that Eponacowgirl posted.
        "Punch him in the wiener. Then leave." AffirmedHope


        • #24
          One can learn by observation: in the UK I do not see anyone riding with the peacock stirrups cross country but many use the Australian (safety) stirrup
          http://www.smartpakequine.com/foot-f...ns-11227p.aspx I have only ever seen children use the peacocks.
          "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by Willesdon View Post
            One can learn by observation: in the UK I do not see anyone riding with the peacock stirrups cross country but many use the Australian (safety) stirrup http://www.smartpakequine.com/foot-f...ns-11227p.aspx I have only ever seen children use the peacocks.
            WFP rides in those.


            • #26
              Another odd thing I encountered with peacock stirrups is that, at least for some, they can influence your position a little. I had a teen who had them on her saddle. For the first couple of years while she was riding with me, they didn't really matter. She was still pretty petite and her riding wasn't terribly sophisticated. She hit a growth spurt, grew about 4 inches, and at about the same time her riding made a big jump in improvement and sophistication...except for struggling with her legs. In a wild grab for a something to try and help her (especially since I rode in her saddle on her pony a lot and HATED her stirrups), we put a pair of heavy flexi stirrups on her saddle (which are also meant to twist and release if you get hung up, btw...have had them do that for me). The heavy, more substantial stirrups gave her something to stretch down into, and her leg improved dramatically.

              I WOULD be worried about a full grown man riding in them because they just aren't that substantial. Lots of other "safety" options out there that are made for adults.


              • #27
                I've also always heard of a weight limit for peacock irons, but have never seen one in print. Has anyone? I sometimes think it's a myth. I've seen regular fillis irons break.

                The rubber bands can be twisted once or twice if they get saggy.

                I have KwikOuts on my jumping saddle.
                ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


                • #28
                  Originally posted by rivenoak View Post
                  I've also always heard of a weight limit for peacock irons, but have never seen one in print. Has anyone? I sometimes think it's a myth.
                  I have wondered that too
                  For what it is worth, I am by no means small or light (6 feet tall and not exactly a toothpick ) and mine have shown no signs of metal fatigue in 8+ years of being on every jump saddle I have had
                  shrug YMMV
                  There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


                  • #29
                    I've seen it mentioned online on bulletin boards, etc. (8-9 stone, btw), but not using them I have never looked to see if I can find any comment from the manufacturers. Maybe that would be something someone could do if they are sufficiently interested in knowing


                    • #30
                      I've ridden in a friend's saddle with peacock irons, and I hated them because I swear I could feel them giving when I put my weight in them. Maybe because I do ride with that GM-toe-on-the-outside foot position, but I didn't feel stable in them at all, and would not want to go XC in them. And I'm a size 6, so not exactly heavy enough that I'd expect to be causing abnormal weight related issues with them.

                      While I like and use regular old heavy fillis irons on both my saddles, if I was wanting something that had a little more bend and give, I'd look at the Sprenger flexi ones, which are also really comfortable.
                      A Year In the Saddle


                      • #31
                        Peacocks, yup, I have used them on my jumping saddles since I can remember. No accidents that have been stirrup-related, thank heaven, and the only replacement of rubber bands I've had to do is because they dry rot eventually. But although one can ALWAYS find a story of how someone got hung up on the things, the risk/benefit calculus FOR ME works out in their favor, so I use 'em. I don't feel them move, have never seen one bend under my weight (155 pounds) and have never, ever had a rubber band pop off. In 20 years.
                        Click here before you buy.


                        • #32
                          For safety irons, I'd like these: Safestyle Offset Eye Stirrup Irons.

                          I also have a pair of double-sided safety irons (the 's' sided ones, but with both sides at an s-curve, which I got in Iceland as they are standard riding equipment there.


                          • #33
                            Ooh, I like those Safestyles, but $200 for stirrups? Jeez.
                            Click here before you buy.


                            • #34
                              One of my teen student's rubberband broke (dry rot) while she was having a dressage lesson the other day and it definitely caused a moment of when her foot popped out the stirrup. I always figured it wouldn't matter but to her, it did. FWIW.
                              Big Idea Eventing


                              • #35
                                If the only thing keeping a foot in the stirrup is the outside branch (regardless of material) then there is a serious flaw in the rider's leg.
                                Click here before you buy.


                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                                  Ooh, I like those Safestyles, but $200 for stirrups?
                                  Enough already, deltawave. If the Safestyles are too déclassé and low-rent for you, perhaps you'd like the Freejump Soft'Up Pro Stirrups, which come in a variety of colors for $375. Matching leathers are $199.

                                  Those will go well with your $515 Gucci Equestrian show shirt.


                                  • #37
                                    Been riding in peacocks for at least ten yrs; never had the rubber bands come off unless *i* was coming off. Never bent 'em either, but i weigh 115.

                                    And the only metal stirrup i ever saw break was the top part of a fillis. Fwiw.
                                    Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                                      If the only thing keeping a foot in the stirrup is the outside branch (regardless of material) then there is a serious flaw in the rider's leg.
                                      I agree (I believe she was mid- ponyKICK!), but when I'm running XC my leg isn't always where it should be.
                                      Big Idea Eventing


                                      • #39
                                        OK, yes, it IS possible to over-engineer something as simple and humble as the stirrup.
                                        Click here before you buy.