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post #11 of 21 Old 02-04-2014, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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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.
I don't think the restriction is banning the Sprenger stirrups or the ones with the black rubber on the bottom/sides, just the ones that are all black-like the carbon fiber/black metal ones
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Just popping in to say I saw a rider be DQ'd just the weekend before last because his stirrup irons were totally black. Sides and everything, which made seeing his irons (not sure if they were actually metal or not) from across the ring impossible. I'm new to hunters and English eq but I can see how a judge would have a hard time seeing if a riders foot was at a good place within the stirrup with these.
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Just popping in to say I saw a rider be DQ'd just the weekend before last because his stirrup irons were totally black. Sides and everything, which made seeing his irons (not sure if they were actually metal or not) from across the ring impossible. I'm new to hunters and English eq but I can see how a judge would have a hard time seeing if a riders foot was at a good place within the stirrup with these.
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It seems like it would be pretty much impossible unless you're right on them. Black stirrup + black boot = invisible!

Even the ones with the black rubber joints still have silver above to see, so it should be fine.
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I like how light weight they are, but not surprised at the least that they're banned. Especially for equitation.

Unlike most, many people will use a black stirrup in their favor to appear to have a "steadier" leg/foot than they really do. IMO. Per usual, it's no surprise. Only takes a few to use it negatively and ruins it for the rest of us :P

I have a set that I got for Christmas that have blue accents for XC, haven't used them yet, but I love how lightweight they are.

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I like how light weight they are, but not surprised at the least that they're banned. Especially for equitation.

Unlike most, many people will use a black stirrup in their favor to appear to have a "steadier" leg/foot than they really do. IMO. Per usual, it's no surprise. Only takes a few to use it negatively and ruins it for the rest of us :P

I have a set that I got for Christmas that have blue accents for XC, haven't used them yet, but I love how lightweight they are.
Those that use the black stirrups just because they like the look or feel of it would have that advantage too, though. It's not like someone would need to be deliberately using them negatively for them to receive the benefit. Kind of like black gloves in lower level dressage. They say that wearing white gloves emphasizes any hand movement, but I wear them because I don't like the idea of white gloves
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Those that use the black stirrups just because they like the look or feel of it would have that advantage too, though. It's not like someone would need to be deliberately using them negatively for them to receive the benefit. Kind of like black gloves in lower level dressage. They say that wearing white gloves emphasizes any hand movement, but I wear them because I don't like the idea of white gloves
Yeah... I don't think I could use white gloves I have quiet hands, but I am notorious for not being able to stay clean...

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It seems like it would be pretty much impossible unless you're right on them. Black stirrup + black boot = invisible!

Even the ones with the black rubber joints still have silver above to see, so it should be fine.

Maybe they should ban black boots: everybody rides in black stirrups, but uses sparkly silver boots!
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Maybe they should ban black boots: everybody rides in black stirrups, but uses sparkly silver boots!
Oh my- my eyes hurt!!!
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Unlike most, many people will use a black stirrup in their favor to appear to have a "steadier" leg/foot than they really do. IMO. Per usual, it's no surprise. Only takes a few to use it negatively and ruins it for the rest of us :P
No one used it negatively and ruined it for you.
Simply, a black stirrup makes it hard for a judge to see if a rider lost their stirrup. Because of that, black stirrups are no longer allowed in Equitation classes.
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