Before I review today’s stirrups, let me give you a little stirrup history (I know you are dying to hear it).
In the early 2000’s, I got a pair of Herm Sprenger flex stirrups. I rode in them until 2012, swore by them even, and then decided that my leg felt more secure in regular irons. I switched to $30 irons, and said death to gadgets! Gadgets bad! Special stirrups bad! Blah blah tradition fox hunting George Morris blah blah blah.
So honestly, when I got the Horze Reflex Stirrups I wasn’t too excited. Being a dutiful blogger though, I put them on my saddle for a ride and tried to keep an open mind.
It took about three laps around the arena before I was saying, “Horze Reflex Stirrups I love you. Never let me go. We will be together forever.”
In crude terms, I love these mofo stirrups. I take back all my criticism of gadgety stirrups. I love these so much I will probably be ignoring the ‘silver’ stirrup rule for equitation classes at unrated shows, because these are good enough to risk. These stirrups are magic to me, and let me tell you why.
At first your leg feels all light and swingy. But where is the heavy iron holding me in place? Later though, you realize… hey my leg is all light! There is no extra gravity drifting it where I do not want it to go. If I say “Leg, stay put!” it does a much better job of staying put in these stirrups. Also, the foot tred is thick and grippy so I never feel like I’m going to lose my stirrup in these bad boys.
Another plus? They’re super light. I noticed a huge difference in the weight of my saddle when I hoisted it up on Simon’s back. If you have a bad back and don’t enjoy lifting a heavy saddle, buy these now.
The stirrups have a tiny little shock absorbing foot plate. It’s angled and has give on one side. You can test it out first by squeezing with your hand, and they probably give a few milimeters. Not enough to make you feel bouncy (like the Herm Sprengers made me feel) but a subtle difference.
Many composite stirrups are in the hundreds of dollars, but these are super budget friendly at $39.95. Honestly, that’s not much more than I paid for my old school irons.
Basically, I love these. I suggest you try them if you’re meh about your stirrups, and even if you think you’re happy with traditional ones… I still suggest you try them. Probably my favorite “new” discovery product of the summer.
So what do you think of fancy, new fangled stirrups?
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