English Stirrup Weight??

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    07-13-2008, 12:46 AM
English Stirrup Weight??

I'm looking to buy my first english saddle ever and to be honest I know very little about it all. I've ridden western my whole life and didn't even know anybody who rode english until recently but I think it would be nice to be able to do both (and my horse is a bit of an englishy horse and used to be ridden english so he wants me to) so I'm branching out.

What I'm wondering about is what's the difference between lighter stirrups and heavier stirrups? Looking around I've noticed that lighter stirrups seem to cost quite a bit more than heavier stirrups so I thought it would be a good idea to get some information before buying.
I'm just starting out and doing general riding for awhile so I don't really have any particular discipline in mind or anything.

Thank you all very much and sorry for rambling on =P
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    07-13-2008, 12:52 AM
There is no difference in costs with the weight of the stirrups. Not sure where you have heard that, but there is no such thing. The size of the stirrup makes no difference in price either. The difference in cost comes in with the different styles of stirrups. It all depends on how fancy and how much the stirrup can do.
    07-13-2008, 03:50 PM
Green Broke
Yep, I agree with M2G. The costs of the stirrup is not dependent on the weight of the stirrup. But some of the 'fancy' stirrups will advertise as also being lightweight or heavy, or whatever. It's purely personal choice. I personally don't like the lighter ones I've tried as much as pure metal (they're usually some kind of plasticy material). But there are people who like them.
    07-15-2008, 12:58 AM
Thank you! I was very confused. It seems like heavier stirrups would probably be better for me too..Like it would be easier to find if you lost a stirrup when you were riding.
So it was probably just a coincidence. That will be good to know.
    07-22-2008, 02:06 PM
Congratulations on wanting to do english, but be careful before you know it you'll be doing the hunter classes over fences
The heavier stirrups are easier to find if you lose one while riding. If you have stiff, inflexible ankles, the jointed stirrups are nice but if you have very flexible ankles stay away from those. Offset stirrups can help give you a more secure leg. Lots of choices out there, if you can try some of the different styles first that might be the way to go.

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