My new saddle came last week, a Sensation hybrid treeless saddle! My horse and I are really enjoying it. BUT I still have to get stirrups!
I am testing out a friend's EasyRide endurance stirrups and am not digging 'em!!! My ankles ache when I am riding, but let up as soon as I stop. My instructor and I both think that the pads are too wide for me to comfortably sink my heels where they need to be. Riding in regular western stirrups and english stirrups have never really bothered me like this. And too bad, because I really thought I would like them.
So now I am on the hunt for new stirrups. My problem??? Too many choices! I don't want to spend an arm and a leg, I think $60 will be my limit.....so what kind of stirrups would I like???? I don't want western style and no w-i-d-e endurance. I want something I can enjoy in arena working or enjoying a trail. Anybody have experience with multiple stirrups and wanna make a recommendation? Please??? Benefits of jointed stirrups, different pad materials, etc. explanations needed!
I have these and use for jumpers and love them!
I got them here: Composite Reflex Wide Track Stirrup Irons at 123Tack - Winning Edge
and they have some shock absorption w/o being too thick. I ride jumpers and endurance and dressage in them and love them! They are like the Royal Riders (in width) but not in price!
And i've never had a problem keeping my heel down in them and i have VERY bad knees (3 surgeries total, many injuries).
I just use regular fillis irons normally. I have ones that rotate to help with keeping my ankles/knees more mobile and they are OK, I don't think they really make a difference. I would save money by buying normal irons, and then spend it on getting really good quality leathers!
how about these?
they're bendy in the middle, and they help keep your heels down comfortably.
Are you looking at western or english type? I have used the endurance E Z ride types too. Don't feel bad, I hate them too. For some reason they make my feet go numb :?
I would think anything but those would be great
Have you ever tried an oxbow type? some people love them for trail.
I am glad to hear I am not the only one who doesn't like the EZRides!!!
I am leaning more towards english type, but only because I take dressage lessons using my own saddle (don't know how much of a difference it makes!). Do the jointed english stirrups make a noticeable difference? I have never heard of oxbow type stirrups, are they easy on the ankles/knees?
CJ82, my friend has those stirrups and although she likes them, a previous knee surgery has her on the hunt for even better stirrups....she sadi I could try hers out when she gets new ones.
How do you measure for stirrups????
I have jointed stirrups and really like them. I have an "off" brand and they've held up for over a year very well. I slip the joint covers up once in a while to clean out any dirt and put some more grease on them. I sneak my husband's bike chain grease, lol.
I have these: Tack - Stirrups & Irons - Jointed Irons - Arete Equestrian - Half Chaps, Skito & Supracor Saddle Pads... - (Powered by CubeCart)
and i hope your friend's knee is okay - i know knee surgeries are rough and everyone heals differently :(
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