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post #111 of 192 Old 03-20-2013, 11:54 PM
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I had a horse go down on me when rounding a corner while galloping in the snow. I came off and my snow boot got caught in the stirrup. Thankfully it popped out after my mare jumped back up and got one stride in. She ran to where the other horses had stopped, and I was happy to make that little walk on foot, rather than attached to her while underneath. Now I never ride in snow boots. I will where rubber boots (we call them muckers) with two pairs of wool socks, even in -25*C temps (colder than that, I don't ride unless I have to). One scare was enough for me.
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AGAIN: are you a professional? If you are not, then you cannot judge them for the equipment they use (especially since the stirrups are not a harsh piece of equipment)......when you're jumping level 9 at 5'6" and you figure you'd want to use the magnetic stirrups then have at it, I'm not going to judge someone jumping that height at pro levels.....are you?
actually I am. because they are at such a high level that requires SKILL. not magnets

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I had a horse go down on me when rounding a corner while galloping in the snow. I came off and my snow boot got caught in the stirrup. Thankfully it popped out after my mare jumped back up and got one stride in. She ran to where the other horses had stopped, and I was happy to make that little walk on foot, rather than attached to her while underneath. Now I never ride in snow boots. I will where rubber boots (we call them muckers) with two pairs of wool socks, even in -25*C temps (colder than that, I don't ride unless I have to). One scare was enough for me.
Yeah, I know that feeling, The whole time I was in Jordan I had AUS army issued combat boots and the biggest stirrups I could find, they still got stuck, mostly ended up riding without using stirrups at all just because of the feeling that they would get stuck. Always preferred my leather soled cowboy boots.
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post #114 of 192 Old 03-20-2013, 11:59 PM
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bubble wrap I can understand, but I don't want something "holding/trapping" me...thats just too spooky. A more environmentally minded solution - get a shorter horse, less distance to fall.
Sadly for me, if I try and ride a horse that is under 14.3 HH, it looks like it has 6 legs. I always crack my sister up when I am breaking colts. I am 5'6", not that tall, but my legs are long.
Good thing I love tall horses! I would love to ride a 17 or 18 HH horse! My first horse was 16.2 or so. That was fun!
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Oh yeah it would be spectacularly funny to watch. But I have been in a similar situation, kind of. I was cantering across a bit of desert in Jordan on my horse when I lived there and we hit a bit of really soft sand and he went down. I went to jump off but my foot got stuck in the stirrup, I ended up on my back next to him with my foot wedged in the stirrup. I frantically tried to kick my foot out with my other foot but it wouldn’t budge. Thankfully he just stood up and stood there while I reached up and unhooked myself with my hands. Scary stuff the thought of being dragged along by a horse.
I was dragged once. I switched horse w a friend, her horse was saddled, mine was bareback (I rode/ride bareback barefooted). The stirrups weren't adjusted for me, either. I couldn't have been dragged more than 15 ft, maybe less, but it seemed like 150ft! I never rode barefoot under saddle, again...and I don't advise doing so.

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I don't like riding in rubber boots because the tread gets caught in the stirrup when dismounting. I usually am riding a green horse and really don't want a foot caught in the stirrup.
But I also know better than to step out the door in leather soled cowboy boots in the winter. If I'm lucky, I'll get two steps and end up flat on my back.
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So what is it? You're a professional or you are going to judge the professionals?
I will judge a professional. If they were really pros then they wouldn't need such equipment would they. End of story.

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So what is it? You're a professional or you are going to judge the professionals?

Ya know what? My child has a pair of special stirrups. Want to come tell her she rides like !@#$% because she was struggling to keep her feet at the proper angle in her regular stirrups? Never mind the fact that her leg bones are CURVED and everything from walking, to running, to riding has been a struggle for her. Ribbed tread, magnets and all the rest of the special stirrups aren't like super glue... if you can't ride, you're going to be eating dirt with the best of them. They do however HELP you get your feet at the proper angles so you can develop the muscles and muscle memory so that you won't need them after a while.

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Ok so this crap has been grinding my gears lately. Every time I crack open a new Dover Saddlery catalog there are new "innovative" stirrups being invented. AND they are being endorsed and used by "professional" riders. Here's a tip. If you can't ride with normal stirrup irons then you can't ride worth *removed*. How bout instead of spending $100-$500 on some fancy stirrups, how bout you buy some regular irons and use the rest of your money on RIDING LESSONS? I mean sheesh, who the heck needs MAGNETS in their stirrups?! You can fall off anyways! If you can't keep your stirrups then you are either aiding wrong or not putting enough weight in them and your legs aren't secure. You think MAGNETS are going to keep you on your horse and make you a better rider? NO! It just masks the problem and proves how lazy you are by cutting corners!
Irons won't change your riding that drastically, sorry, I do not understand the point of your rant. IMO it's a fashion thing, mostly. Some will add a slight edge of security, but nothing substantial - except maybe the ontite irons. I have no issue with anyone wanting to spend whatever they want on irons, because really it won't make you majikally better. Plus some irons are meant to help those with hip/knee problems ride more comfortably.
Sorry, I think you're grasping at straws here
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Irons won't change your riding that drastically, sorry, I do not understand the point of your rant. IMO it's a fashion thing, mostly. Some will add a slight edge of security, but nothing substantial - except maybe the ontite irons. I have no issue with anyone wanting to spend whatever they want on irons, because really it won't make you majikally better. Plus some irons are meant to help those with hip/knee problems ride more comfortably.
Sorry, I think you're grasping at straws here
Yes but if you feel like you need them you should work on your riding. To me its kinda cheating if you are at a high level of competition

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