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post #11 of 17 Old 12-25-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Verona, as far as the Herm Sprenger irons, yes, they're outrageously expensive. I have the earlier version, about $200. 8 - 10 years ago, and they were worth every penny. I think any rider over 40 would probably appreciate them, and I wish they had been around when I was still getting on 5 - 6 horses a day.
Maura, isn't it because they are "jointed"? Or just a better balance?

I have to say I never tried those jointed irons (whether cheap or expensive), so don't know the difference really (I'm sure there is a difference).

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I have the Herm Sprengers and I love them. Blew my tax return on a nice saddle and figured I'd try they expensive irons as well. I'm glad I did. They have a nice flex to them and they did twist and let my foot out on the one fall I have taken in them. I easily got them in a 5" for my big feet. They are also wonderfully balanced and have a very nice cushion to them.

I've have bad knees and back for years and broke my ankle just last year and they have been a life saver for me. There is no way I would have been back in the saddle as soon as I was with out my little splurge purchase.

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Kitten,

The Sprengers don't feel any different than a standard stirrup when you first ride in them; I am almost never aware of them flexing or giving. What you are aware of after riding in them in awhile is that your feet don't get numb, and that you don't feel the need to take your feet out of your stirrups and rotate your ankles to take a break. Then you become aware of less joint pain and fatigue. If I switch to a conventional stirrup, I can tell the difference in about 10 minutes of riding.

Very, very rarely, if I'm trotting in two point cross country at a good forward trot, I will feel the little bit of give to them.

I wouldn't recommend them for everyone, because they sure are pricey, but they are a huge help to folks with injuries.

My next big purchase will be the ones hung at 90 degrees - I have a lot of trouble picking up my off stirrup these days - my right knee really dislikes the lateral motion required to do so. I refuse to sit down to catch my off stirrup after a life time of walking off standing in my irons, currently I use my stick to hold the stirrup out to where I can catch it without angering my right knee.

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The Sprengers don't feel any different than a standard stirrup when you first ride in them; I am almost never aware of them flexing or giving. What you are aware of after riding in them in awhile is that your feet don't get numb, and that you don't feel the need to take your feet out of your stirrups and rotate your ankles to take a break. Then you become aware of less joint pain and fatigue. If I switch to a conventional stirrup, I can tell the difference in about 10 minutes of riding.
I see.... Thank you for explaining this!

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So don't sneer at them, you may want them yourself one day. IN the meantime, remember my motto - be good to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone!
Sorry, didn't mean to sound like I was sneering at them (I did say that comfort is worth a higher price) just that they're not something I need right now, so it would be ridiculous for me to spend that kind of money. I haven't used those particular stirrups at all, and jointed stirrups only a handful of times, so I don't know if the Sprenger ones actually are better for those who DO have knee or ankle issues. If I did have such an issue, and did notice a difference with those versus other cheaper options, I would certainly be willing to pay for them.
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Verona, I apologize, that was all said tongue-in-cheek!

Darn this "no tone of voice and body language on the internet" thing!

I completely understand your view, and if I wasn't so beat up, I could think of a couple hundred better ways to spend tack dollars.

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I wouldn't recommend them for everyone, because they sure are pricey, but they are a huge help to folks with injuries.
That's pretty much my story and I'm sticking to it.

Along with that anyone considering them should try them out and see if they see any benefit before forking over the bucks for them!

However, I have heard from younger, fitter riders that ride multiple horses per day that they notice a difference in their fatique and soreness using them. But probably not worth it for a young, uninjured person schooling one horse 4 - 6 X /week.

Peace? No more mention of sneering, even in jest?
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I have jointed stirrups on my saddle that I never appreciated until I started training with a super traditional trainer who makes EVERY RIDER, regardless of level, use safety/breakaway stirrups with the rubber bands on the side and I HATE them!!! They make my ankles sore and I constantly feel like I have to take my feet out and rotate my ankles, which never happens in my jointed stirrups, even on several hour rides.
I have over-stretched ligaments in both ankles and multiple sprains on both sides. I also have pins in my hip from breaking it when I was 11 y/o. The safety stirrups have no give and my legs are always sore after riding in them. I've never been dragged by a horse and my stirrups fit my feet well, so I can't say I truly see the benefit in them anyway.
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