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appylover31803 02-08-2008 01:59 PM

Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Safety Stirrups
I was browsing online for horsey stuff and came across these. I'm really interested in these, but would like some opinions. Does anyone have these, or any Sprenger stirrups? Do you like them/recommend them? Any other information would be nice.

Thank you much!

Kyani 02-08-2008 02:12 PM

I got them for Christmas and they are absolutely my FAVOURITE horsey belonging right now!

I have tendonitis, which basically means my leg joints are right royally messed up and riding can be very painful - not to mention very difficult to do right. These help me out so much not just with providing support and cushioning for my knees and ankles but they help my seat too. The onyl downside is I have to change the stirrups over every time I go for a lesson.

Why are you thinking of getting some? Do you have a specific problem or do you think they will help you in general? I can imagine that they'd help anyone with putting up with the strain for an extended period - trail rides, holding the half-seat position etc.

appylover31803 02-08-2008 02:19 PM

Thanks Kyani!

I have bad knees ever since i could remember. I also think they'd help my seat and communication with Vega all together. The ones i have now just don't seem right. I don't know what it is exactly. But i also stick my toes out, thats how i was taught to ride until my instructor told me to keep my toes in.

I do want to get into jumping and riding for more than 30 min, and i think not having to stop because of my knees would be very nice.

upnover 02-08-2008 06:06 PM

I haven't tried these exact ones but I have ridden in the HS 4-F Flex stirrups. I bought the knock-off brand (metalab?) that are also jointed (and only $40) and they are wonderful! I don't see a reason to buy the name brand if you can get the same quality and product at a cheaper price! I ride 4-5 horses a day on average and they are so comfortable and let my ankles be a little more supple. However, George Morris has mentioned in his articles that he is not a fan and prefers the old fashion fillis style!

appylover31803 02-08-2008 06:14 PM

i think i saw those in the dover saddlery catalog i have. I wasn't quite sure if i'd like a stirrup that can move.

I liked the design of the bow balance and ordered them :shock:

I have seen this George Morris guy pop up a few times. Who is he?

upnover 02-08-2008 06:30 PM

He's a hunter/jumper trainer and rider who some people would say is one of the most well known/successful in the world. He's the chef d'equip (coach) of the US equestrian team and has an article in Practical Horseman called "Jumping Clinic" where you can send in pictures of your jumping position and he tells you what you're doing well/need help with. He's very strict and very conservative!

appylover31803 02-08-2008 06:35 PM

oh wow. That's pretty cool. So he doesn't like the herm sprenger stirrups?

upnover 02-08-2008 07:30 PM

yeah.... but I don't remember exactly why though. He is very much a tradionalist though and a huge stickler on conservative tack and going back to the basics. He doesn't even like brass nameplates or anything on your browbands as it 'takes away from the horse'!

appylover31803 02-08-2008 08:14 PM

i went onto and saw a bunch of videos. He does seem like a traditionalist, but he seems like an awesome guy! I think i might have become hooked on George Morris lol

Thank you so much for your input tho!

upnover 02-08-2008 10:34 PM

Yeah, he's amazing! Apparently he won the Maclays at 14 years old and was the youngest person to ever do that. (The Maclay is one of the top equitation medal finals in the country for junior riders. He wrote a great book called "Hunter Seat Equitation" that's a good read if you ride hunters or jumpers. He also has this Horsemastership program that has some articles about too. I'm definately hooked on George Morris! :D

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