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    10-22-2012, 05:26 AM
Stirrups and seat cushions

Hi ! Just wanted to ask opinions on which types of stirrups are best for long trail rides. Are the deep endurance stirrups worth purchasing? Or is it just as good to get stirrup 'cushions" for regular stirrups, or is neither really needed? Also, are the 'cozy toes" type add ons useful or not?
I've seens some really neat "round" stirrups. Are they comfortable or should I stick with the traditional types for my endurance saddle?

Also, what about seat cushions? Are they worth it, and if so, which ones are the best? Most are geared toward either western or english saddles, and I have an endurance saddle. Any that would fit well without slipping?

Thanks for any input !!
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    10-22-2012, 06:19 AM
For me, the wider, padded stirrups make a huge difference in my comfort. I personally have caged EZ ride nylon (aka plastic) stirrups which I love.

I think seat savers really depend on your saddle and what you find comfortable. The saddle I ride Dream in has a full sheepskin cover over it. The biggest downside I have had with it is that it soaks up water like a sponge, so being out on trail in the rain is very squishy. My treeless saddle does not have a cover and as of yet, I have not had any issues with it rubbing or being uncomfortable during 50s.
    10-23-2012, 01:51 PM
Stirrups are one of those personal things. The rounds ones are called oxbow they are comfortable !! I ride with an angled roper stirrup takes pressure off my knees after 24 plus miles, I'll take a little help
    10-23-2012, 02:27 PM
I use the Caged EZ ride nylon stirrups. I love the wide stirrup, and the cage lets me wear shoes that would be unsafe with normal stirrups. I bought the nylon rather than the aluminum after reading a story that Dawn told about somebody have the aluminum's crush in and trap their foot when their horse fell.
E-Z Ride Stirrups - Nylon - Safety Cage
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    10-23-2012, 05:23 PM
A word of caution if you opt for oxbow stirrups - use cowboy boots with a good heel. The stirrup was designed that you bury your foot with the arch resting on the stirrup, not the ball of the foot. The higher heel prevents your foot from going thro.
    10-23-2012, 05:41 PM
I don't have a lot of experience with either the stirrups or the seat saver.

From what I do:
Cushioned stirrups- I really like, I have the abetta ones (came with the new saddle) and they are wider so easier to catch if I lose one, and when I push into the stirrup it's more comfortable on the knees.

Seat saver- I only rode in one saddle with it and I hated it. I'm sure they must make some decent ones out there but the one I rode in slid and just didn't feel comfortable to me at all, the saddle was designed for someone to sit in one place and now you're a bit up and out of that sweet spot
    10-23-2012, 05:44 PM
Unfortunately, I have plenty of padding for my seat included in my own personal anatomy................
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    10-23-2012, 10:42 PM
Green Broke
I don't like th ebig bulky endurance stirrups, seems my feet always end up sliding home to the heal and can't stay on the balls of my feet. I use a wider cheese grater polymer type. I do wish I could find em in 5 inch, instead of 4.75. Seems everything not designed for goat roping is made for girls.
    11-11-2012, 01:22 AM
I have the deep, silver endurance stirrups and my knees are dying after an hour. I am planning on getting the Cashel stirrup straighteners and stirrup pads since I've heard good things about them. My butt is also starting to kill me so I'm going to try the Cashel western luxury tush cushion.
    11-11-2012, 06:40 AM
Switching from english irons to padded endurance stirrups was a HUGE improvement. So much more comfortable, and easier on the knees.

I also use a Cashel tush cushion, and it doesn't shift in my aussie, but I'm not sure if the other cuts shift.

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