Discuss offset stirrups vs jointed stirrups at the Tack & Equipment forum - Horse Forums. can you guys give me feedback on offset stirrups?
please tell me your experiences with ...
offset stirrups vs jointed stirrups
can you guys give me feedback on offset stirrups?
please tell me your experiences with the herm sprenger bow balance stirrup irons and mdc ultimate comfort stirrup irons.
i read somewhere mdc irons were taller than normal and hit the shin area when used.
basically i'm trying to figure out if i just need some offset irons or the expensive mdc or herm sprenger irons.....i don't have a problem keeping my heels down....i just wanted irons that would help me..i use the korsteel flex II stirrup irons right now
I have the sprengers with the twisted eye that are supposed to help the leathers lay flat. I don't think the offset eye really does anything significant other than make me take longer mounting to make sure nothing's twisted. I like the flexible irons a lot for jumping because I have a tendency to get crippled otherwise. I don't particularly like them for dressage, they make me feel wobbly.
The sprengers and mdc stirrups are very expensive, I would say unless you have a physical need for them, don't bother spending the money. Mine came with a saddle I bought, I would have just gotten a pair of the coronet knock-offs otherwise.
I recently bought a pair of basic jointed stirrups (mine are StaBrite), and I am enjoying them. They're comfortable, and I paid about $30--mine are all black.
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The Coronet ones have much more flex to them and are more loose and "squirmy." The Sprengers 4-ways are stiffer and feel more solid when you stand in them. The Sprengers flex but feel more like a traditional stirrup. I could never get used to the Coronets moving around all the time.
I think a lot is preferance in which brand you get... I rode in my trainer's saddle the other day and she had a pair like the ones Capilet posted. I liked them very much and am considering getting a pair for my own saddle.
It all depends on how much you want to spend on them... Take a look at some different reviews online and see what buyers are saying about them.
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i don't have any issues with my knees or anything..i just thought they'd help with my jumping and keeping my legs from going to far back and heels down...i know i have to work on it as well
I have the MDC ultimate stirrups, they have the offset ability and the flex. They don't interfere with your leg and I've never had any problems with discomfort. There is a noticeable difference with leg placement, they somehow help my leg to stay in a better position because there isn't any twist with the leathers because of the way they are offset. The flex helps reduce strain, especially with long rides or jumping. I have a pair of regular stirrups on my other saddle and I can definitely notice a big difference.
I'm sure they already exist, but I've been wondering about irons with springs in them. How comfy would that be? And how horrible will it be if that's what you guys have already been talking about. lol Sorry I'm an iron novice.. I have good old fillis irons. Can't go wrong with a classic. Although that's not what my ankles and calves have been telling me. Maybe I'll listen up to more iron threads!
Originally Posted by Baylily
one more comment:
I have been noticing the all fancy shmancy (and mostly expensive!) black irons around lately.. What gives? I really like the polished and shiny classic look of steel. Is it just an aethetic opinion or is there something more behind all that black?
Originally Posted by Baylily
Makes feet & legs look quieter, and/or horse look smoother gaited. Black irons blend w/ black boots for a cleaner look with no shiny metal jiggling around.
I like the old school mirror polished metal, lol. I put a buffer wheel on a bench grinder and used metal polishes to polish my show stirrups to a mirror finish that is better than the original. But saddle seat isn't permitted very much bling, so I love to see bright white metal polished bits and stirrup irons.
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