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2019 Update: Stirrups for Show Jumping

Alfa Jump Stirrups with Smiley Inclined Spikes Soleplate - Brilliant Aluminium

It has been a while since we introduced some new and exciting stirrups to our already eclectic and vast selection of stirrups. So this year, we have brought in some novel stirrups.

  • Samshield Safety Stirrups ShieldR’Up
  • Tech Stirrups
  • Flex On Safe-On Safety Stirrups
  • Alfa Jump Configurable Stirrups
  • MOS Stirrups

Samshield Safety Stirrups ShieldR’Up

There is a lot of buzz about the new safety stirrups from Samshield. With Samshield’s impeccable reputation, we can only expect the best. These stirrups have a great combination of balance, safety and traditional looks. With 6 colors (and finishes) to choose from, there is a color for everyone.

The stirrups have been designed to release the outer safety branch. The footplate is inclined with a spikey grip enabling ideal non-slip position.

At this point, we are expecting these stirrups to arrive any time soon.

Samshield Safety Stirrups Shield Rup - Silver
Samshield Safety Stirrups Shield Rup – Silver

Flex On Safe-On Safety Stirrups

Flex On continues on its highly succesful line of shock absorbing stirrups by adding an outer safety branch. The branch is made of a special elastomer that will release in case of an accident. The stirrups have a small profile.

Flex On Safe On Green Composite Stirrups
Flex On Safe On Green Composite Stirrups

Alfa Jump Configurable Stirrups

We are super excited about these stirrups and for good reason. The idea is to configure these stirrups in any of many different combinations. The footplate is available in 6 different formats: Inclined, Inclined with Spikes, Flat, Flat with Spikes, Smiley, Smiley with Spikes. The frame is available in 5 different colors: Brilliant Aluminium, Matt Silver, Matt Black, Champagne, Gold.

The spikes on the footplate provide an extremely grippy surface, keeping you in the stirrup. It is easy to change your position as well.

Alpha Jump Stirrups in Brilliant Aluminium and Inclined with Spikes Soleplate
Alpha Jump Stirrups in Brilliant Aluminium and Inclined with Spikes Soleplate

MOS Stirrups

These are extremely lightweight stirrups made by a company out of France that is know for its expertise in manufacturing aerospace parts. One look at these stirrups will tell you why these are preferred by show jumping riders. While they look traditional, the stirrups provide extra grip by virtue of its footplate design.

The stirrups are great for use in the hunter and equitation ring as well.

MOS Stirrups - Red
MOS Stirrups – Red

Conclusion

We have presented to you our selection of new stirrups for this season. All these stirrups have been very well accepted by riders. Of course, each rider and horse combination is unique. So what may work for someone may not work for everyone else.

Do you own or use any of these stirrups? What is your experience? What do you like (or dislike) about your stirrups? Let us know in the comments below!

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Spur to a new level with Flex On Interchangeable Spurs “No Spur Straps Needed”!

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Blue

We have all observed the evolution of spurs over the last 2 years. The interchangeable spurs have made a big splash on the riding circuit. These spurs allow the rider to not carry a multitude of individual spurs for different horses. Instead, the interchangeable spur ends provide all the spurs you need. With different spur-ends, you can easily switch back and forth between different mounts. Whether the attachment mechanism is magnetic (for example the Mandtis Spur Set) or its screw-on (for example the Makebe Spur Set), changing spurs has become a lot easier than before.

The objective of this article is to educate you on how the Flex On Interchangeable Spurs work. By the time you finish reading this article, you will have all your questions answered. You will be able to compare the various options available for Interchangeable Spurs, whether it be the Mandtis Spur Set or Makebe Spur Set or Flex On Interchangeable Spurs.

Spur Revolution : Who needs spur straps?

The Flex On Interchangeable Spurs are one of a kind, in that they do not require spur straps. The clean minimalist design seems so obvious now. Why do you need Spur Straps when you can just snap them on? No more marking your boots with the rubbing of the spur straps or the buckle digging into your ankle!

Questions and Answers

How do I know what size to order?

The spurs are sized according to boot sizes.

The Spurs come in 4 different sizes to accommodate different foot sizes:

  • Small (for shoe sizes EU36-EU37, USA Women’s Sizes 6.5 – 7)
  • Medium (for shoe sizes EU38-EU41, USA Women’s Sizes 7.5 – 10, USA Men’s Sizes 6 – 8)
  • Large (for shoe sizes EU42-EU44, USA Women’s Sizes 10.5 and up , USA Men’s Sizes 8.5 – 10.5)
  • Extra Large (for shoe sizes EU 45-EU46, USA Men 11.5 and higher)

How Do The Flex On Interchangeable Spurs Work?

The Flex On Spurs are meant to be slipped onto the back of your boots. Once you get used to slipping them on, you will notice the time savings vs traditional spurs.

Here is a video showing you how easy it is to put these spurs on:

The spurs themselves are light weight and very pleasing to look at. The aesthetics of these spurs makes them so much more attractive. The construction of the spurs enables them to stay in place attached to your boots. They are made from anti-slip rubber and plastic composite.

Do the Flex On Spurs work with any boots?

Yes, almost all boots, with the exception of those that do not have a heel. The Flex On Spurs work by attaching the plastic piece below the heel part of the boots. So most traditional boots are compatible with these spurs. However, boots that do not have a well defined heel.

What colors are the Flex On Spurs available?

The Flex On Spurs are available in a variety of colors, including Black, Blue, Navy, Red, Pink, Brown, Light Gray, Dark Grey, Pink and White.

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Dark Grey
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur – Dark Grey

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Blue
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur – Blue

Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Navy
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Navy

Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Grey
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Grey

Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Brown
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Brown

Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Black
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Black

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spurs - Orange
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spurs – Orange

Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - White
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – White

Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Red
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Red

Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs - Pink
Flex On Interchangeable Snap-On Spurs – Pink

 

 

Are the Flex On Spurs allowed in Hunter Competition?

As far as we know, there is no limitation on the use of these spurs. From dressage to show jumping and hunter riders, everyone has adopted these well. However, each competition and its officiating staff is different. So we would recommend that you check with your technical judges prior to purchase.

Conclusion

The latest innovative product to hit the equestrian market is from Flex On. Completely re-thought from the ground up. Have you used these spurs? What are your thoughts? We would like to know. Leave us a comment below!

 

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Equestrian Wish List for the Holidays – 2016: Top Ten Gift Ideas

Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Brown

The holidays are here! As part of our annual tradition of the holiday shopping list, here is our selection  for 2016. Please note that all these items are new from this season. We pride ourselves on bringing you the trendiest (and most useful) gift ideas. So without further ado, here is the full list. We decided to present a short curated list of ideas versus a long confusing one.

  1. For Her: The Remie Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches are the best gift for women/girls who demand high comfort and style. Made in Italy, this is the #1 selling riding pants at WEF for 2 seasons straight. Available in 6 colors: Black, Blue, Grey, Beige, Brown and White

    FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches Remie in Navy - Front View
    FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches Remie in Navy – Front View
  2. For Her: Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat” This is yet another compelling gift for the chic equestrian who wants something new and unique. With no front buttons, these breeches not only flatter the front, but accentuate the rear too! Hence, the name “Push Up”.

    For Horses Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches - Grey Back View
    For Horses Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches – Grey Back View
  3. For Her: For your dressage friends and family members, we present to you the #1 most stylish and comfortable new breech for the 2016-17 season. Her name is Patty. Clean Lines with contrast stitching and a butt-lifting effect make this a clear favorite.

    Ladies Push Up Full Seat Breeches by For Horses in Grey - Back View
    Enhance your back view!

    Ladies "Push Up" Full Seat Breeches by For Horses
    It’s all in the details!
  4. For him and for her: the king of backpacks makes an ideal gift when you do not know the size or color preferences. This much anticipated backpack scores big points in both formy and function. Samshield Icon Pack

    Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Black store your helmet
    Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Black store your helmet

    The backpack is available in 2 colors: Black and brown.

    Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Brownthe samshield backpack aptly named icon pack is truly revolutionary when it comes to design. Trust Samshield to get it right the first time. don’t let the sleek looks of this backpack deceive you! it has tons of storage space and the built in rain cover is an added bonus. 

  5. For the rider with many horses (and hence many spurs), give him/her the Spurs for life. These ultra-lightweight interchangeable Mandtis Spurs offer a 8 different pairs of Spurs in different shapes and sizes (including rowels, hammers, knob, smooth ball etc).

    M Spur 2 Full Set contains 2 spur bases, 8 pairs of spur end attachments
    M Spur 2 Full Set contains 2 spur bases, 8 pairs of spur end attachments
  6. For Him or Her (with painful ankles and/or knees) : Flex On Shock Absorbing Stirrups for Show Jumping (and even dressage!). They will thank you for years to come because they will ride pain-free. These specialized stirrups absorb most of the impact of landing, hence relieving the stress on ankles and knees (and back as well). Read here about why these stirrups deliver on their pain-relief promise.

    Flex On Aluminium Stirrups with Inclined Ultra Grip
    Flex On Aluminium Stirrups with Inclined Ultra Grip
  7. For the avid video/social media enthusiast. For those of your friends that like to post videos of their rides on Instagram, this will make the perfect gift. The lightweight camera designed specifically for recording equestrian rides. The Cam Box HD attaches simply to the underside of your helmet’s visor (compatible with any equestrian helmet). With the press of a button, it starts recording video and audio in HD quality.

    Cambox ISI2 Black
    Cambox ISI2 Black
  8. Riding Gloves are a safe bet for him or her. The Samshield V Skin Riding Gloves are available in 4 colors and 9 different sizes, ranging from Size 6 to Size 10.

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    Samshield V Skin Riding Gloves in White, Navy, Grey, Brown and Black
  9. For Him or Her: The Equiline Logo Cap is for the dad’s, mom’s, brothers, sisters and other loved ones. It is a stylish cap available in Navy and White.

    Equiline Hat
    Equiline Logo Hat
  10. For Him: For the professional (or amateur) rider in your life, the Equiline Slim Tie makes an elegant gift. The tie is worn by men competing in show jumping competitions.

    Equiline Men's Slim Tie
    Equiline Men’s Slim Tie

     

    There you have it. A list of the latest gifts for the savvy equestrian family member or friend. What is your favorite? Did we miss something? What is on your wish list? Leave a comment below.

 

 

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Shock Absorber Stirrup Irons

Horse Riding (and show jumping in particular) imposes a lot of stress on the body. Show jumping is an action sport, utilizing multiple parts of the body working in concert. There are lots of pressure points within the horse and rider combination. One of the more important pressure points is the rider’s feet (and legs, in general).

Introducing Stirrups with shock absorbers: Flex-On Stirrups. Flex-On Stirrups are built from the vision that your feet and legs take the most impact. It does not have to be  that way. That is why the husband and wife team of Laurent Bordes and Caroline Bordes (avid equestrians), combined their talents to develop the revolutionary shock-absorbing stirrups that are “comfortable, accurate and solid”.

Flex on Aluminium Shock Absorber Stirrup Irons with Ultra Grip in White
Flex on Aluminium Shock Absorber Stirrup Irons with Ultra Grip in White

How Does it Work?

The Flex-On Stirrups have a very effective shock absorbing system. The premise of these stirrups is the advanced shock absorption design. The tread (foot board) of the stirrup rests on elastomer springs. These springs impart the ability of absorbing shock. The elastomers innately absorb the shock of impact. Much of the impact is therefore localized by the elastomer springs. The 4 elastomer springs distribute and dissipate the impact evenly.

3 Types of Elastomers: Soft, Medium and Hard
3 Types of Elastomers: Soft, Medium and Hard

There are 3 levels of hardness for the elastomers: Soft, Medium and Hard. The Soft Elastomers are recommended for endurance riding; Medium recommended for leisure riding, hiking, dressage and jumping; Hard or CSIO and Cross-Country riding.

Ultra Grip – Magnets Not Needed

The Flex On Stirrups come in two broad versions: Composite Flex On Stirrups and Aluminium Flex On Stirrups. While they are made from different materials, the ultra grip is same on both stirrups. The ultra grip tread is made from advanced polymer with “crimped pins made of hardened steel”.  These pins protrude about 1/8th inch from the foot tread. The main purpose of the pins is to enable secure grip. The strong grip is achieved without the use of any magnets, which require modification to your boots.

So far, these stirrups are being praised by some of the top show jumping riders in the Wellington area. Of particular note is the “grippy” aspect of the stirrups.

Customize It

The Flex-On team did not just stop at creating a high-performance stirrup. Just like with most other riding gear, they added the ability to customize your Flex-On Stirrups. This is achieved easily by the following process (illustrated in the image below).

How to Customize Your Flex On Stirrups
How to Customize Your Flex On Stirrups

It is an easy process to customize your stirrups. The customizable magnetic inserts allow you to create your own stirrup.  Shown below are some of the flags we have designed for our customers. You can also create your own personal icon (versus a flag), maybe a farm logo. Contact Us for any other questions. Or call/text us at 561-228-8883. We are always glad to help.

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Flex On Brown Composite Stirrups Ultra Grip in Blue
Flex On Brown Composite Stirrups Ultra Grip in Blue

Flex On Magnetic Insert for USA Flag
Flex On Magnetic Insert for USA Flag

Flex On Magnetic Insert for Canada Flag
Flex On Magnetic Insert for Canada Flag

Flex On Magnetic Insert for Brazil Flag
Flex On Magnetic Insert for Brazil Flag

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Safety Stirrups – Why you need them

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro - Vanilla

Riding is a tough sport. It involves a tremendous amount of focus and determination. As beautiful a sport as it is, riding does involve some serious risks. The risk of physical injury is high.

The unfortunate reality is that accidents do happen in the riding world. Whether it was loss of focus for a fraction of  a second or the horse not having a good day, stuff happens. The question is not whether the accident happens. The question is: Are you prepared to minimize the impact of the accident ?  A high percentage of the accidents involve riders being dragged by their mounts after the rider has been thrown off.

Freejump Stirrups

Years of research and development (R & D) have been poured into the development of the Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro. The collective experience of world-class riders has culminated into these break through stirrups.

 

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro - Red
FreeJump Soft Up Pro Stirrups – Red

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro - Purple
Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro – Purple

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro - Green
Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro – Green

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro - Black
Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro – Black

Safety First

The Freejump Soft Up Pro stirrups have been designed with safety as the top priority. They feature a flexible outer branch that bends for easy release. This outer branch is made from a special material called Ellastollan that is flexible but can withstand high pressure. The idea is that the rider can safely eject out of their stirrups in the case of emergencies.

The foot plate of the stirrups provides anti-skid grip.  The strength of the Freejump stirrups is remarkable thanks to the tempered steel running inside stirrups.

Comfort and Stability

The weight of the Freejump Stirrups has been  distributed to create balance. The footplate of the stirrups is wide, allowing a comfortable and secure position of the foot. This in turn facilitates higher stability. All riders wish to achieve better stability. Improved stability means improved performance.

It is easy to see why Freejump Stirrups are used by some of the top pros, including Kevin Staut, Rodrigo Pesoa, Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden, Dennis Lynch and many more.

To order your Freejump Stirrups, shop online, visit our Wellington store  or just call us at 561-651-0770.

We would like to hear from you about your experience and feedback, so leave us a note.