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What do you think of "bendy" English stirrups??

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View Poll Results: What do you think of "bendy" stirrups?
Love 'em! 7 77.78%
Pretty cool, I guess. 2 22.22%
Voters: 9. You may not vote on this poll

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    08-11-2008, 03:35 PM
IMO - don't get them unless you need them, I.e. You have joint problems.

I think too many people get them because they're the "in" thing or because they think it's going to make them have amazing heels. The purpose of the stirrup is to relieve joint pain, not to be trendy or improve your eq.

I'm going to be getting some. I'm currently not riding because I tore my ACL and fractured my tibia, so I can't even walk let alone ride... Once I can though, you can bet I'm buying some to try and keep the pain down in my knees.
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    08-11-2008, 06:45 PM
The budget ones are ok, they only have like one joint while the sprenger ones have 3 or 4. The rubber on the budget ones is also cheap and broke within a month for me.

Sprengers are most definitely. Worth it, I promise.
    08-11-2008, 10:18 PM
My stirrups, the "bendy" kind were on sale but I bought them for 30$ pretty cheap comparing to other kinds of stirrups and they seem very durable.
I would recommend these to anyone to use as safety stirrups, they're pretty much the same price as regular safety stirrups. Without them if your foot slids through the stirrup you are in trouble.

These are mine.
    08-11-2008, 11:38 PM
I thought about getting some; but the prices were outrageous
    08-12-2008, 12:29 AM
I LOVE some "bendy" stirrups...HATE others!

LOVE: My old-school Herm Sprengers with only a single joint. Somehow, they are perfect for my body and my knees don't hurt anymore and I never lose an iron!

LIKE: My newer Herm Sprenger System 4. Still alleviate my aching knees, but they seem to feel too "loose" on my foot.

OKAY: Knock-off brand with single joint. Okay, but the rubber cracked within a year.

HATE: Those Korsteel Flex II Irons! http://www.doversaddlery.com/korstee...ons/p/X1-0707/ There's no rubber covering, so when you ride w/o your feet in the irons, they clang around like CRAZY!

If you do decide to spend a pretty penny on some Herm Sprengers (or equivalent), be sure to order the proper size! I tend to like my irons smaller so I don't have too much wiggle room to possibly lose an iron. My snug 4.25" Herm Sprengers have always released my foot during my (many, many) falls though!
    08-13-2008, 12:30 PM
Ahhhhhh yes. The bendy stirrups, a horse one my yard has them, One that tends to buck alot. I found that they really help support your feet when riding. Good luck! Hope that helped... kind of...
    08-13-2008, 12:57 PM
I can't use them, they allow my heel to go almost vertical, which messed up my balance completely.
    08-24-2008, 11:42 PM
In the defense of safety stirrups- they really are mucher safer than usual stirrups. There is absolutely no way to get your foot caught in one. My last trainer saw a horrific accident at my old barn where a girl fell off her horse with her ankle in the stirrup, the horse jumped out of the closed arena and smashed her into the side of the fence. (She lived).
I use them on one of my saddles and they have never broken or fallen off- the key is to replace the leather and ruber bits with good quality ones before they get really old.
But yes they're silly looking
    08-27-2008, 11:46 AM
I've had my safety stirrups for 3 years, done trail riding, jumping and cross country in them with no problems. I lost one rubber piece when I got bucked off on the trail but didn't notice until I got home.

I'd rather look stupid than get dragged.

I have the bendy stirrups on my dressage saddle and like them.

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