• 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

Herm Sprenger System 4 Stirrups

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Herm Sprenger System 4 Stirrups

    I am thinking of getting Herm Sprenger System 4 Stirrups I have read that they reduce the pressure on your knees and back. Do these really work? What are the pros and cons on these? Thanks so much for all of the input.

  • #2
    I'm not a fan of jointed stirrups at. all. I get really frustrated with the constantly moving stirrup and find it harder to keep my weight in my heel. I notice that I tend to balance more on my toe when riding in the jointed stirrups. I could just be a weirdo (no surprise there) but you have to try them to see if it's the right thing for you.

    The only time I like jointed stirrups is when I'm sitting on a dressage horse with a ton of suspension.


    • #3
      I've been riding with mine for 8 years and absolutely love them. When I rode in the intercollegiate and got on school horses, whose saddles didn't have jointed irons, I immediately felt the difference in my knees. Despite their cost, I think they are a good investment and my original pair has lasted for years and years! It is true that there is some movement, but I got used to it quickly and now can't even notice. On the contrary, I notice when I ride in the non-jointed Stirrups how inflexible they are and sometimes they now give me shin splints.
      Ryu Equestrian & Facebook Page
      Breeding Horses Today, for the Equestrian Sport of Tomorrow.
      Osteen & Gainesville, Florida.


      • #4
        I absolutely LOVE mine! They are so comfortable, and help me keep my heels down and leg on in my not so comfortable tall boots. My knees always kill after I ride in my friends saddle that has plain unjointed irons.
        I also love the way the black irons look

        they seem to run small because the coating takes up space though, so make sure you order a big enough size


        • #5
          You want to buy me a pair while your at it? haha.

          I used my friends for a few rides a couple years ago, and they are AMAZING!!!! They really do reduce back and knee pressure. I just wish I could convince my mom to spend $200 on stirrups. and that's not happen anytime soon.

          I settled for the middle of the road kind. They are called Intec USM 6-way stirrups, and I like them pretty well. They aren't the cheapo version, but they aren't as good as the original ones either.


          • #6
            Couldn't ride without them. The HS stirrrups are the single-most item of my tack that has allowed this old, tired body to continue riding at my age.

            I don't find that my stirrups move around or I have any difficulty keeping my heel down. If anything, I find it easier to keep my heel down with the HS stirrups. Perhaps it's because they allow greater flexibility in my ankle joint. I do already have a pretty good lower leg, if I do say so myself!


            • #7
              I absolutely love mine.. and I find it very uncomfortable to ride in anything else.


              • #8
                Love 'em!! After horse shows and/or lessons where I would jump more than usual, I would always feel it in my knees that evening (and well into the next day) with my old standard fillus irons. Not so now that I have the Herm Sprengers - best Christmas present ever! I know that some trainers hate them (George Morris, for one) but they've helped my body keep on trucking...with less pain...


                • #9
                  love them - and the cheaper ones are good too.

                  They make a difference when you spend lots of hours in the tack. It also helped me to stop bracing if i got fatigued. I don't remember who makes the knock offs - but I have a pair of those too and don't notice any significant difference between riding in HS and those. Although - HS look cooler.


                  • #10
                    Depends on the horse. I have one horse that I hate jointed stirrups on, they make me feel very unstable. I changed them after a tip from COTH actually http://www.chronicleforums.com/Forum...es/biggrin.gif

                    Made a huge difference, so much happier on him now.
                    Shop online at


                    • Original Poster

                      Thank you so much for all of the feedback, I appreciate it.