Hi Friends! I want to hear what you think about double offset stirrups!
Received these Coronet Stirrups as a present, and have used them for just a little while now. From reading the extremely few comments I could scrape up about them, seems it’s either hate or love.
To make sure we’re all talking about the very same thing, here they are:
See how they’re not just offset at the very top, where the stirrup leather goes through the opening, but also at the angle from where the “side bars” of the stirrup leads down to the footbed?
OK, so you see these are not the silly ones where the whole footbed is wedged and slanting, to force the heel in some fake position. If you’ve ridden with this type of stirrup I’d love to hear your thoughts! Even if you’ve stumbled upon this post long after publishing.
For me, it took a few rides to get away from the feeling of the foot sort of slipping out of the stirrup. I also didn’t have any serious biomechanical issues and pains etc. that made me want to change the angle of the ankle or leg aid in particular.
From what I know, many try different angles for knee and ankle problems – sometimes it seems the stirrups help, sometimes they just make it worse.
So far for me; no pain, foot seems fairly stable in the stirrup, and they’re OK to pick up if lost (yep, ’cause that’s my specialty as a little crampy rider. Yours too, come on, just admit it.).
Are they helping to improve leg/foot position? Not sure, I never get to see what’s going on down there. A good sign is that I never think about them that much – that’s what we want!
It’ll be a while until I have new pictures riding with these. Below, the smaller old ones, where the boot would occasionally get wedged in. Not recommended if planning on sitting out some bucking. Seriously, who ever plans to not sit out some bucking?..
Still, no one wants to come off with the boot still in the stirrup…
Update – Here’s a little update on these stirrups: Heels Up, Toes Out.