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  • Using jointed stirrups on western saddle
  • 6-way jointed stirrups

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    04-08-2012, 08:26 PM
  #11
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This may not help you, but I have a lot of knee/ankle/hip pain from all the years of riding and the few bad wrecks I've had, and I found that jointed stirrups are a godsend.

With hard irons, regardless of the stirrup leather length, within 1/2 hour I'm in agony. With jointed stirrups, I can literally ride for hours.

You might want to invest in a less expensive pair just to try them. If they work, you can move up to a pricier pair if you wish. I currently have Metalabs but FES work too, and they're very inexpensive.
     
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    04-08-2012, 10:06 PM
  #12
Trained
You got a link? I haven't seen jointed stirrups.
     
    04-09-2012, 07:15 AM
  #13
Banned
Go to any of the online tack shops and put 'jointed stirrups' into their search function. Heck, just put it in a Google search, and you'll get all sorts of hits.

Herm Sprenger are the original (and most expensive) jointed stirrups. There are 2-way, 4-way, and even 6-way jointed stirrups. I've only ever bought the 2-way, because they do the job.
     
    04-09-2012, 12:15 PM
  #14
Trained
I use the stirrup turners. My knees were heck, especially when I rode in my nylon saddle. I let my friend use my saddle the other day and she almost cried when she got off because her knees didn't hurt as bad, kinda the opposite emotion I was expecting but it was great to see her happy!
     
    04-09-2012, 12:28 PM
  #15
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I wondered if they had something for Western riders, Fly. You answered that question!
     
    04-09-2012, 12:46 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
Yep, I'm the same, I ride with very long stirrups because I have the same problem. If I try to go any shorter than I have now I am in pain within an hour of riding.

PS Longer stirrups make it easier to mount too
I would still have to use a mounting block, i'm 5ft and my horse is 16.1 hhs.

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Originally Posted by Celeste    
If my stirrups are too long, my lower back hurts.
mine hurts when mine are too short or the horse has a long stride, I found that my horse has a short choppy stride yet my friends horse has a long swinging stride and my back hurt more after riding her horse.

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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
This may not help you, but I have a lot of knee/ankle/hip pain from all the years of riding and the few bad wrecks I've had, and I found that jointed stirrups are a godsend.

With hard irons, regardless of the stirrup leather length, within 1/2 hour I'm in agony. With jointed stirrups, I can literally ride for hours.

You might want to invest in a less expensive pair just to try them. If they work, you can move up to a pricier pair if you wish. I currently have Metalabs but FES work too, and they're very inexpensive.
I am luckily going to a horse expo this weekend, i'll pick up a pair of jointed stirrups (they sound great btw) and try them out. Thanks for the suggestion. Even if they don't help my knees much they will help my ankles which also end up sore after over an hour in the same position.

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Originally Posted by FlyGap    
I use the stirrup turners. My knees were heck, especially when I rode in my nylon saddle. I let my friend use my saddle the other day and she almost cried when she got off because her knees didn't hurt as bad, kinda the opposite emotion I was expecting but it was great to see her happy!
I would happily get off my horse crying because I wasn't in pain. That would be a good reaction!
     
    04-09-2012, 12:51 PM
  #17
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Phoenix, since you've not previously ridden in jointed stirrups, I'd recommend going with the 2-way. The 4 and 6-way may be too unstable for you until you're more familiar with how they feel.

I love mine, and have gotten rid of every pair of hard irons I've ever owned. Be forewarned though; some folks HATE jointed stirrups. You may be one of them, which is why I recommend getting an inexpensive pair first.
     
    04-09-2012, 01:14 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by phoenix    
I would still have to use a mounting block, i'm 5ft and my horse is 16.1 hhs.



Mine hurts when mine are too short or the horse has a long stride, I found that my horse has a short choppy stride yet my friends horse has a long swinging stride and my back hurt more after riding her horse.



I am luckily going to a horse expo this weekend, i'll pick up a pair of jointed stirrups (they sound great btw) and try them out. Thanks for the suggestion. Even if they don't help my knees much they will help my ankles which also end up sore after over an hour in the same position.



I would happily get off my horse crying because I wasn't in pain. That would be a good reaction!
Which expo? I know the one here is coming up this weekend.......
     
    04-09-2012, 01:56 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Phoenix, since you've not previously ridden in jointed stirrups, I'd recommend going with the 2-way. The 4 and 6-way may be too unstable for you until you're more familiar with how they feel.

I love mine, and have gotten rid of every pair of hard irons I've ever owned. Be forewarned though; some folks HATE jointed stirrups. You may be one of them, which is why I recommend getting an inexpensive pair first.
this! This exactly this!! idk that i'll ever ride with solid stirrups again if I don't have to.
     
    04-09-2012, 02:28 PM
  #20
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Phoenix, since you've not previously ridden in jointed stirrups, I'd recommend going with the 2-way. The 4 and 6-way may be too unstable for you until you're more familiar with how they feel.

I love mine, and have gotten rid of every pair of hard irons I've ever owned. Be forewarned though; some folks HATE jointed stirrups. You may be one of them, which is why I recommend getting an inexpensive pair first.
Sounds like a good plan, I hadn't thought about that. I can try them out (sortof...) at least see how much movement there is when i'm shopping.

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Originally Posted by themacpack    
Which expo? I know the one here is coming up this weekend.......
I'm going to equine affair at the columbus expo center. Can't wait, I have my shopping list ready and everything! Me and some barn friends are making a weekend of it.

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Originally Posted by crimsonsky    
this! This exactly this!! idk that i'll ever ride with solid stirrups again if I don't have to.
i hadn't even considered changing out my stirrups but it seems like a good idea. The ones I have are simple, boring and they were incredibly cheap when I got them 6 years ago. Time for something new!
     

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