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post #1 of 11 Old 06-29-2009, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Would It Be Stupid To Show In These??

Last winter I got a set of these stirrup irons: Foot Free™ Safety Stirrup Irons

I got them because, like most riders, I really don't want to get hung in the stirrup, and peacocks just don't look cute unless it's a 12 and under class, lol. I love them, but I'm concerned about showing in them. I ride hunt seat (Hunter under saddle, hunt seat pleasure, open English pleasure, and equitation on the flat. Maybe hunter hack next year). I don't do massive shows, basically local 4-H and schooling-type shows, a couple slightly larger. Would these look goofy in the ring? Has anyone seen them used or ridden in them personally in shows?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-29-2009, 05:17 PM
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I think they're fine. My husband showed in some like those in Dressage and no one commented one way or another, lol.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-29-2009, 05:25 PM
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OH! I have those!!! I got them because last year schooling CC a few days before my event.

I was schooling over the Trak and I rode it totally all wrong, causing Nelson to jump forward, then at an angle *if the red flag was up, we'd of taken it down* and during that pop, I was launched up into the air, my right leg crossed over my left leg and when we landed, my left foot was still in the iron.

I landed on my right leg, crossed infront of my left, with my left foot still in the iron, I spun around to be better balanced, I went to grab the saddle - and doing that caused Nelson to spook. He started to side step away from me leaving me to hop towards him with my one free leg - he then trotted off, I went with him, dragging.

If it weren't for all the volunteers there that day preparing the course for the comp - I'd of been drug back to the barn - so I got those irons that day. LOVE THEM!

Allot of the fox hunters have them as well. I wont ride without them now :) No matter how experienced you are, you never know what will nor can happen. Better to be safe than sorry.

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I've seen them used at schooling shows and a bit higher. I don't know about big rated shows, but for what I mentioned, I think it would be fine.
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-29-2009, 05:26 PM
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nope. I used to show in them at hunter shows, jumper shows, and events and there are more people with them than you think. You'll be fine!

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Thanks for the replies!

I've never had a hangup before, but the possibility prompted me to get these irons, and they kinda became my security blanket, lol. I was concerned about replacing the regular Fillis irons to show, I'm so glad I can still ride the Foot Frees!

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-29-2009, 07:37 PM
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I'd go for the ones without the bling, but they should be fine.

I personally don't like peacock stirrups because I've seen more accidents with those than with regular fillis ones.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-29-2009, 11:18 PM
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I actually like those, and I show hunters every now and then. Are they Fillis style? I want the Fillis grated stirrup pads and I'm trying to find a nice stirrup iron they'll fit in.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-30-2009, 11:23 AM
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^Just a warning about those (I assume you're talking about the metal cheese grater ones?), but they 'click' like crazy. They click against the stirrup and are very loud. I rode in them once, and I was so **** squirrely after that one time, I took them off and never used them again.

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^Just a warning about those (I assume you're talking about the metal cheese grater ones?), but they 'click' like crazy. They click against the stirrup and are very loud. I rode in them once, and I was so **** squirrely after that one time, I took them off and never used them again.
Really? I used to have them and I looooved them. I'll keep in mind that they don't all work how they should.
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