When I bought my Wintec dressage saddle from the used tack sale, they threw in free webbers and stirrups. I got to pick any stirrup worth $10. I ended up getting a pair marked $15 so I had to pay a full $5 for them. At the time, I didn’t know what they were, but figured they were unique and for $5, I could try them out.
It took me a while of googling “90 degree stirrups” and “twisted stirrups” to determine that these are called Icelandic stirrups. They’re a combination of safety stirrup (the curved design lets your foot come out in a fall) and the 90 degree angle of MDC or Herm Springer stirrups.
They don’t have any flexible joints, a wide footbed, composite materials, or anything else fancy, but they are really comfortable. I have bad knees and bad ankles from years of mistreatment and I get a good deal of pain riding in regular stirrups. I’ve been riding in Herm Sprenger Bow Balance Stirrups for a few years now and have never really been impressed with them. They’re not worse than regular stirrups, but I don’t think they’re worth the cost. I had recently decided to give up on the Herm Sprengers and get composite stirrups. However, after riding in the Icelandic stirrups for a few months now, I have decided to just switch to them.
I moved them over to my jumping saddle recently as the Wintec has been pinching Nilla’s back. I need to order a wider gullet for the Wintec. I also need to get a different dressage saddle entirely, so I haven’t been too motivated to get the new gullet, but I have taken to doing even my dressage lessons in the jump saddle to help her back so I moved the Icelandic stirrups over as well.
They’re pretty cheap too. $45 on Horse.com. Heck, you can even get them for $50 on Amazon with free (prime) shipping. Certainly a lot less than Herm Sprengers or MDCs. They also come in fun colors. I’m thinking of getting the turquoise ones for my jump saddle to match my bridle.
Those are actually kind of neat!
I need new irons for my HDR. I may have to hunt a pair of these because my offset/twisted western stirrups are MUCH easier on my ankles.
Neat! Nice to have an opportunity to buy a 'fun' colored stirrup that doesn't cost the close to $200 that the euro brands do.
interesting! also the color perfectly matches your blog too — i'm sensing a theme here lol
Those look fun!
Yes. These are much better on my ankles.
The colored ones are a little more. I think 65$-70.