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post #1 of 16 Old 04-06-2012, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question English stirrup size??

Ok I need to order new stirrups and am getting these...however, I haven't bought stirrups in several years and truth be told, I can't remember what size I am!! Does anyone know what the typical "adult" size would be? I'm 5'2" and 120lbs to give you an idea, and wear a size 8 1/2 shoe.

I found somewhere that you're supposed to measure the width of the ball of your foot and then add 1 inch, but I measured and mine is exactly 4" which would mean I'd need to get a 5"? But that seems kind of big to me...

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You know what, I just realized I read it wrong, on Stateline Tack's website, it says the width plus 1/2" not 1" so I'd be a 4 1/2" which sounds more accurate to me!

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You got it, .25" clearance each side is the default.
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You got it, .25" clearance each side is the default.
THANKS! Just wanted to make sure before I hit the "checkout" button haha!

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yeh I wear an 11mens and 5"s seem good for me,
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Yeah and on the site, they mention because of the rubber around the joints in these, you should add another 1/2" but something tells me ordering a 5" would just be too large for me...

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An innovative iron designed to provide maximum flexibility with better shock absorption. Unique stainless steel spring construction in stirrup arms cushion each and every downward contact to ease movements in the rider's knees and the horse's back. Stirrup foot offers extremely smooth forward and backward movement for optimum comfort and safety and to keep the rider's heels down in the correct position. Includes grey rubber grip pads and joint coverings, which won't attract attention to leg movement in the arena like white will. Imported. Sold in Pairs. Sizing Information: To determine your size, measure across the ball of your boot and add ".The rubber on both sides will decrease the area available for your foot to fit, so you may need to go up approx. " from the size of regular stirrups.

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I went from a 4 1/4" hard iron to a 4 3/4" flex stirrup, so you have it right HITS; it's an extra 1/2" total. Believe me, you're going to need it. Those rubber covers over the joints take up room.

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well CRAP I ordered the 4 1/2" already! Although I believe my current stirrups are 4 1/2" and I have plenty of room so maybe it'll be ok...5" just seems so big for my petite frame! What do your boots measure across the ball of your foot, do you happen to know?

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I went 1/2" up from the size of my hard irons, to make sure I had plenty of room. If your hard irons are 4 1/2" you should have gone up to 4 3/4", just to be sure you have enough clearance. 5" flex irons would be too big, unless you had wide, man size feet.

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I always seem to have a surplus of stirrups sitting around and it has never even occurred to me to measure them lol.

I guess you can clearly tell this is coming from someone who has never bought NEW stirrups, heck, I might even be riding in diff. sized stirrups, I was gifted a big box of them...
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