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    "Fad" stirrups

    What the heck is up with all of the "new & improved" stirrups lately?!?! What's wrong with old fashioned stirrups & riding correctly?

    I had one lady try to tell me that the BEST stirrups ever were these lightweight plastic ones because if you lose a stirrup then it doesn't go banging around and it's easier to pick up. Really? I would have thought that the heavier stirrups were weighted for a reason; ie so they hang and you can get them back easily. (Or in this person's case, you could just work on your more weight in your heels and not losing your stirrups all the time...)

    Then they've got MAGNETIC stirrups.... Are you kidding me? I saw these in a tack shop the other day and they made me shake my head. The stirrups have magnets and the company puts magnets on the bottom of your boots. They had an example in the store and I was suprised at how strong the magnets were. Kinda scary if you ask me.... (or what if you're asked to drop your stirrups?? lol) Personally this looks like nothing but an excuse for bad riding.
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    I've wondered the same thing. I will admit that I rode in someone else's saddle the other day, and it had those plastic stirrups. Surprisingly I really liked them--they had a wider footbed and allowed me to keep my foot where I wanted it in the stirrup.

    I wouldn't pay $150 for them though! My plain old fillis stirrups still work just fine.

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      #3
      I have the plain old Fillis irons as well as those "fad" stirrups you speak of, (in my case, the Royal Rider flex stirrups). I understand and agree with your point about how people should learn to ride correctly and not depend on their stirrups and their special features; however, I have a messed up knee and those flex stirrups make my ride significantly more comfortable. I can still ride properly in my Fillis, (my position doesn't change at all switching from the flex to the Fillis), but the slight give and wider footbed definitely makes my knee happier after my ride. With my Fillis irons, my knee is ok for about one ride, but I can ride multiple horses back to back in my flex stirrups and my knee is much happier. Those magnetic stirrups scare me though!

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        #4
        For the record, I really like my jointed irons b/c they help keep my leg joints relaxed a little more. I ride a lot better in them and it's much more comfortable (therefore, more fun).

        However, I hate just the look of the black plastic stirrups and I'd be worried about the magnetic ones. Can I get my foot out if/when I need to?
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          #5
          Good to know LuvMyTB, it just seemed like a bizarre concept to me!

          Originally posted by JBCool View Post
          For the record, I really like my jointed irons b/c they help keep my leg joints relaxed a little more. I ride a lot better in them and it's much more c
          omfortable (therefore, more fun).
          JBCool & indygirl2560 - I have the flex stirrups and I agree, I like them, they take a lot of pressure off your your ankle's and knees BUT you still have to ride correctly in them, they aren't really a crutch in my opinion. The magnetic ones baffle me!
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            #6
            I'm sure there were people who said the same thing when stirrups were invented. "Real riders don't need stirrups." Lucky for us there were, and still are, people who chose to say, "Hey, this makes riding alot more comfortable, let's see if we can improve on this design to make riding even more comfortable."
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              #7
              I still think real riders don't need stirrups.

              I personally think the magnetic stirrups are as silly as anything. If one can't keep their stirrups, maybe the person should go back to the basics.

              I do like the jointed ones for when riding a bunch of horses and my knees or back starts to give me trouble.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Twisting View Post
                I'm sure there were people who said the same thing when stirrups were invented. "Real riders don't need stirrups." Lucky for us there were, and still are, people who chose to say, "Hey, this makes riding alot more comfortable, let's see if we can improve on this design to make riding even more comfortable."
                True and comfort is one thing BUT magnetic stirrups don't have anything to do with comfort.
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                  #9
                  I've just gone back to my regular fillis irons (I've been using carbon ones)...best thing I've done since getting this mare! I was having issues over fences keeping my leg in the correct position and it was driving me and my trainer crazy. I'd never had this issue before of a swinging lower leg and no matter how much no stirrups I was doing, it just felt like I couldn't put the weight into my heel. So, on a whim, I decided to trade irons and my leg stabilized again. I'm happier and my saintly little mare is happier!
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                    #10
                    What's wrong with old fashioned stirrups & riding correctly?
                    What's wrong for me is that I've got crappy knees and a bad back, and riding in my MDC ultimates really helps. I can definitely feel the difference after riding in plain fillis ones.

                    I promise you that I am fully capable of riding in a pair of fillis stirrups OR no stirrups OR even, heck, BAREBACK! Really. I do, however, see the virtues in making my ouchy joints as comfortable as possible though.

                    No idea on the magnetic ones, that does seem a little odd.
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                      #11
                      I've got some 'fad' stirrup irons. I'm pretty much old school, but I must say, I love the wider footbed on my black plastic irons!! I wish they were heavy metal - but they're not....
                      FWIW, like Trixie, I can and do use my old fillis irons, ride without stirrups, and ride bareback, but those fad irons are my new favorite for sure. I'm getting old and they feel good
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                        #12
                        My bad joints love my jointed irons. But yeah, the magnetic ones kind of scare me; those magnets are really strong! I played with the "tester" pair they had out at a horse show a few months ago and I really had to jerk to get the boot out of the stirrup. Not the safest thing, IMO.
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                          #13
                          Royal Riders E80 are what I have found to be optimum for my clients.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Brigit View Post
                            Good to know LuvMyTB, it just seemed like a bizarre concept to me!


                            JBCool & indygirl2560 - I have the flex stirrups and I agree, I like them, they take a lot of pressure off your your ankle's and knees BUT you still have to ride correctly in them, they aren't really a crutch in my opinion. The magnetic ones baffle me!
                            1 bad ankle on one leg, 1 bad knee on the other, and the flex stirrups make long rides a lot more comfortable!

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                              #15
                              What about those half stirrups that were popular last year? Anyone still using those? I never got why you would need half of a stirrup. Guess that sponsors will pay what they can to get their product advertised.
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                                #16
                                Ironically, I don't really find the flexible stirrups to be more comfortable but actually the opposite! It made my ankles twisted and my heels going too low... I went back to traditionnal ones for a while and then 'discovered' wide footbedded ones... and bought a pair of Wildkart and one of Kat for both my dressage and jumping saddle!!! Luv'them! Way more stable, and the comfort is incredible!
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                                  #17
                                  I am in the mystified by magnetic stirrups school of thought as well. I really wondered why on earth anyone would "need" them when they came out.

                                  I can understand why some people like wider footbeds and flexible irons...but I honestly can't stand either for myself. I have RA and they really only make my joints worse. I found they lacked stability that I find useful in the case of the flex irons and the wide irons were just not comfortable for me. But...if we all liked the same thing there would be a world oatmeal shortage
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                                    #18
                                    I do find the light weight Royal Riders much easier to pick up when lost. I also find that I almost never lose them because of the cheese grater stirrup pads. Not sure what the physics are -- I would have thought they'd fly around and be hard to pick up. Bust, unlike the heavier irons which start to swing when lost, I have found the RRs remain fairly stationary waiting to be picked back up.

                                    All that said, I use the flexible RR because of arthritis.

                                    Good riders come in all shapes, sizes, and use a wide variety of equipment. Being old school doesn't make you a better (or worse) rider. I like to keep an open mind in general about things, and then use what works best for the situation.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Trixie View Post
                                      What's wrong for me is that I've got crappy knees and a bad back, and riding in my MDC ultimates really helps. I can definitely feel the difference after riding in plain fillis ones.
                                      Can I get an AMEN!!??


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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Eye in the Sky View Post
                                        Can I get an AMEN!!??


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                                        I second that emotion! I'm another member of the bad back, crappy knees and jacked up broken ankles.
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