I have only ever used the plain old fillis irons. Cheap, no frills. It has never really been a problem for me (not that I’ve got anything to compare it to), and I’ve never had a lot of issues keeping my stirrups. Recently, however, I have found myself having to readjust my stirrups constantly as my feet seem to just be slipping out of them. I use one of my trainer’s saddles, so it’s probably just a particularly slick pair of stirrups, but in any case I’ve been thinking about just getting my own pair of leathers and irons that I can just slip onto her saddle when I ride.
I started looking at stirrups and frankly, I am just overwhelmed. Are the $350 stirrups really that much better than the cheap fillis ones? I don’t really have a problem laying down cash for something that’s actually a significant quality of life improvement, but I’m always wary of seemingly overpriced and trendy horse equipment as the fads just change by the day and I have neither the interest, nor the funds to keep up with the Joneses, as it were.
If you DO love your expensive irons, which ones did you get? and what differences did you notice?