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  • How to keep stirrup turners from rubbing
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    11-17-2012, 08:36 AM
Originally Posted by Dead Rabbit    
Wow, those look like they could double as a means of defense on the trail.. would hate to walk carrying my saddle and have those whacking against my shins!!
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    11-17-2012, 09:17 AM
I ride an aussie endurance saddle. Any time I transport the saddle or carry it. I take the "leathers" off the bars and carry them seperate. They easily slide on and off. Its easier to carry it this way.

Even when storing the saddle, I take them off, and hang them on their own hooks the saddle
    11-17-2012, 11:33 AM
These would drive me nuts:

They would leave the stirrup strap at a right angle to my shin. I would hate that!
    11-17-2012, 12:04 PM
Wouldnt they stay laying flat tween your calf and the saddle skirt if using this style of stirrup?
    11-17-2012, 12:10 PM
At some point they have to leave the side of the saddle and go to the front of my leg. Just looking at it, I don't see how that happens without creating a pressure point. But I've never used one, so I'm just speculating. It would be easy enough to use a piece of wire to jury-rig that sort of set-up on a stirrup, and see how it feels before buying. I actually LIKE the feel of the stirrup leather wrapping around my shin, so it would be a no-go for me.
    11-17-2012, 12:17 PM
What im speculating on, is the constant twisting of the strap is what causes knee pain. You do away with the twisting and it helps with potential pain. I really don't feel any discomfort from my straps rubbing against my leg now. But I use these.
With out these the nylon would rub my leg pretty bad.

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    11-17-2012, 02:10 PM
I use these stirrup turners with my caged endurance stirrups. Nothing seems to dig into anything as far as I can tell. Of course, you have to take into account that I am not riding 50 miles in one sitting either. My point is that stirrups turned that way don't look like a problem to me. They may be really heavy. My horse does get upset if metal clanks her in the side, however, my horse is the original "Princess and the Pea" of the horse world.

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    11-17-2012, 02:27 PM
Well, it pays to keep an open mind on riding. Lots of things that SEEM wrong work out just fine. On a western saddle, I consider the fenders wrapped in front of my leg as shin guards, but that isn't the case with the 1" english leathers I use with my Aussie-style saddle.

Knee pain has been hard for me to figure out. My western saddle doesn't give my 5'2" daughter any problems, but leaves me whimpering with pain after an hour ride. As a 16" saddle, it ought to fit me better, but there is something that really screws my legs. That didn't happen with an Abetta saddle I used to own.

With the Australian saddle, stirrup length plays a big role, and I don't know why. Shortening them 1-2 holes means I'll be wearing a knee support that night, although I don't feel like I'm putting pressure on my stirrups while riding. Stirrups with a wider base seem to help, but I don't know how that affects my knees...

Riding! There is always something more to figure out!
    11-17-2012, 02:37 PM
Short stirrups hurt my knees and ankles. Long stirrups hurt my lower back. It is hard to find that perfect spot. Funny, it must be a change in saddle design. 30 years ago, I never noticed those problems.........
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    11-17-2012, 06:49 PM
Originally Posted by bsms    
Knee pain has been hard for me to figure out.
I second this.

I can ride 100 miles in my not-turned ez rides attached to 1" english leathers. I can't make it 5 minutes in a saddle with fenders instead of leathers, regardless of the type of stirrup or if its turned or not. Go figure!

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