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post #1 of 38 Old 02-04-2010, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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What irons do you use and why? Recommendations?

Somewhat related to my other thread. Could you please share the experience?
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post #2 of 38 Old 02-04-2010, 06:49 PM
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I use these irons : Intec UMS 6-Way Stirrup Irons - Dover Saddlery.

They may be pricey, but in my opinion they were worth the money. My knees would always ache right after I rode, but they are fine with these irons! I love how bendy they are, I think they also help with keeping my heel down

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I use these irons : Intec UMS 6-Way Stirrup Irons - Dover Saddlery.

They may be pricey, but in my opinion they were worth the money. My knees would always ache right after I rode, but they are fine with these irons! I love how bendy they are, I think they also help with keeping my heel down
Thanks for sharing! Just curious, are they heavy or light?
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I have a bad left knee and have no issues with it when I started riding with these:
MDC Ultimate Stirrups


They are heavy weight and I also stopped clicking them back from the 90 degrees I use to ride in to the traditional position to run up my stirrups when I'm not riding, and just let them hang all the time, much like western setup as I was noticing the clicking could sometimes be tighter - I worry about dust in there as well.

But there's no torque on my knee from the leathers while riding - plus less rubbing. Worth every penny to me - tho I wasn't riding for 5 years and while sitting in my garage unattended, the rubber section got crack lines in it, but I'm started using them again a few months ago with no ill effects.

If someone made the same irons in a 90 degree position only but also w/ the hinged side section I would buy those too. I don't *need* the clickability.

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Shadowanne - Herm Sprenger makes the stirrups that you mention....they are set at the 90 degree angle (no ability to adjust them as they are fixed in place) and have the hinged sides. I have them on my dressage saddle and really like them.

I also have the MDC stirrups that you picture, but I have them on my cc saddle.

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If you have knee or ankle issues, then I see no problem with the jointed irons. But my personal opinoin, if you are Eventing or doing Jumping, that you are better off with the ol' Fillis Irons.



The jointed irons, have been known to fall apart during a ride, and riders have ended up in accidents because their iron breaks during the middle of their ride.

George Morris wrote an article on them because they became quite the fad in the Hunter Ring - and he wrote an article against them because of this fault in their design.

Not much longer after reading this article, I was at an Event when there was a rider who ended up in this predicament because her jointed iron broke during her CC run.

For that reason, I wont, I refuse, to own jointed irons.

I have no knee or ankle issues, and I refuse to buy an iron that is a fad with riders. I don't follow trends or fads - and I am glad to know that I am safe and secure in my irons.

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I use simple Fillis irons for most riding. On my XC saddle, I have double offset stirrups. They help keep your toes in (don't want to hook my toes on a flag) and keep your heels down (more secure in saddle). The double offsets are hard on you so I don't hunt or trail ride in them.

I also will never ride XC or show jump in jointed stirrups. They have a built in weakness I won't gamble on. I also refuse to use a girth with elastic for the same problem of a built in weakness. Balding girths are the only ones I use on XC or show jumping.
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Thanks for sharing! Just curious, are they heavy or light?
They are defiantly heavier than the traditional fillis irons, but to me, it hasn't made any difference.

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On my XC saddle, I have double offset stirrups
I would love to see these!

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I use peacock safety stirrup irons for practise and regular fillip irons for competition.

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