Black stirrups banned in the eq ring?

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    12-01-2013, 02:28 PM
Black stirrups banned in the eq ring?

Hello all,
I have recently heard about black stirrups, such as the carbon or black metal ones, being banned in the eq ring, a new USEF rule coming into play today or in 2014 (I think it is today, I know it is for 2014). I am asking for those black stirrups for Christmas because I reaally want some and I like them as far as looks, and they are said to be lighter than regular Fillis irons. However, when I start showing again, which will hopefully be sometime soon (schooling shows only), that will be a problem.

I am aware that at rated shows the black stirrups will not be allowed in eq classes, but what about at schooling shows? I'm switching barns but hopefully staying in hunters/equitation and only doing schooling/local shows for now, so will I be able to use the black stirrups in my eq classes (at the local shows)?
Thank you!
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    12-01-2013, 10:57 PM
Hmm interesting, I'll have to keep an eye on that because I think the new stirrups I ordered were black. They might possibly have been silver with black rubber flex covers... no idea tbh >.>

It depends on the schooling show. Some of them will still follow USEF rules even though it isn't "rated." Some will use them more like guidelines. It just depends on the judge. I had one who didn't like the bit I used or the fact I had a breastplate. The next judge, at the same show, didn't seem to mind.
    12-01-2013, 11:11 PM
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Yes, as of today, black stirrups are not allowed. It is too difficult to see the foot/stirrup placement in the show ring. Oh, well.....
    12-05-2013, 12:38 PM
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I would call the management of the shows you want to do to ask. Or ask your instructor if you have one. Our local show association follows USEF rules pretty closely so I don't allow black stirrups for my eq students. I don't really get the appeal anyways. I've never heard anyone say their riding improved with them. I went through a hinged stirrup phase, but these days I prefer a strong heavy traditional stirrup.
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    12-08-2013, 11:24 PM
All I know is that many people, George Morris being one of them, says that a regular Fillis stirrup is the best way to go and actually teaches you to use your body, legs, and feet correctly.
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    12-09-2013, 08:47 AM
Even on a western saddle I prefer a heavier stirrup to the light weight Ralide. They just hang better and are easier to find if a stirrup is dropped. Same with English.
    12-09-2013, 09:17 AM
If the weight of your stirrups won't affect your riding, then I'd do as you please as far as schooling goes. Have all the fun you want with them! Just keep your regular silver fillis irons around for show time!
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    12-11-2013, 09:22 PM
Seriously? I use the Sprenger stirrups that have the black rubber at the base. They help with the arthritis in my knees. I don't show hunters, but now you've got me curious. I'll have to check up and see if they are allowed at dressage shows.
    01-19-2014, 02:52 PM
Well...good thing I haven't ordered any black stirrups. I guess I sort of knew black wasn't the norm, but I didn't know it was a rule now. My old trainer has the MDC flexible stirrups on a saddle she was letting me use. I have never loved a stirrup so much. I wanted the black ones..guess I'll get silver since some day I would like to give equitation a go. Personally, I hate the light carbon or plastic or whatever stirrups so that doesn't bother me, but the black metal ones are so sharp looking.
    02-04-2014, 10:23 PM
What! NOooo!
I love my light weight stirrups!!! They are black carbon fiber, flexible, and have metal cheese grater tread for your foot. Made the tension on my ankles and knees way better! I was doing killer in the EQ ring with these.
I guess I'll just have to SPRAY PAINT THEM SILVER! Genius! (They were free anyway, don't you just love horse show banquets!)
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