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post #1 of 10 Old 06-25-2012, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Stirrup Irons to Help with Ankle Pain?

Over the past year, whenever I ride, my ankles start hurting after about 20 minutes. I read a review in the Dover Saddlery catalogue for Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrup Irons, by a rider who had been having the same issue. The only problem is, I can't afford the $220 price for them. Are there any other products out there that might help but are a bit more affordable?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-25-2012, 11:11 PM
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Subbing/bumping because I am wondering the same thing.

I'm guessing you ride English?

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Yep, I ride English. I found another product called On Tyte, which is basically a magnetic stirrup iron that works with magnetized booties that you slip on over boots to keep your foot in the correct position. The set together is still around $220 though. Curse my small budget!! ;)
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Any stirrup with some form of built-in flex can help with ankle/knee stiffness. Most common forms are a pivoting footplate, flexible sides (usually cycle chain links covered with rubber) or springs. It's because they allow continual tiny movements of the foot so it's not 'locked' in one position for long periods.

Be warned, though. I tried jumping a scopey horse in a pair with a sprung footplate - even the small extra bounce can throw you out of the saddle! Much nicer for dressaging a horse with big paces ;)

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Jointed stirrups don't have to cost as much as your saddle.

I have a pair of Metalab jointed on my Stubben, and FES jointed on my Wintec. The prices for jointed range anywhere from $20.00 to $220.00 a pair. The only real difference I've found in the uber-expensive compared to the less expensive is the price. They all work on the same principles.

I can't ride in hard irons for more than 30 minutes before my ankles, knees, and hips start screaming. In jointed, I can ride for hours.

One piece of advice though, buy the least expensive set you can find the first time out, because not everyone likes jointed. That way, you're not out too much money if you discover you hate them.
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What about something like this one: Horse-S Jointed Stirrup Irons | Dover Saddlery ?

With that being said I'd suggest to check classifieds (here as well as tacktrader and alike). I remember seeing some really nice ones in Classifieds section here while back.

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Oh, and one other thing. You'll need to go the next size up in a jointed, to make sure your foot clears the rubber coverings on the joints.

I went from a 4 1/2" hard iron to a 4 3/4" jointed.

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Thanks for the suggestion everyone! I'll definitely check into the jointed stirrup irons! :)
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They really DO work. I had them when I rode English. And you do NOT need the pricey ones.

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You can also just get a different (wedge) stirrup pad for your existing fillis irons. I broke my ankle and tore all the ligaments about 5 years ago, and while I was recovering from that I used these.
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