Psst, Rid’Up stirrups info!
First impression: I like them. A lot.
I bought them from the Canadian Equine WW store (thanks again, @vineyridge!) and they arrived in CO within 9 days of the order. I got the slowest trackable shipping, and it came four days earlier than predicted by Canadian Post, though once it entered the US it wasn’t trackable through Canadian Post until it had been delivered to my PO.
I played around with the release mechanism and it’s interesting. I wish I had a video to show you, but the stirrups are now on my dressage saddle at the barn. The release mechanism is a curved rail, and if the stirrup tilts backward enough, the stirrup slides right out, releasing it from the leather (or Webber, in my case — yes, they do fit, with a little tugging). A forward tilt would not release the stirrup, BTW — there’s a built-in stop in that direction. I’d kinda rather have something that would release from any direction, but I’m going to ponder the physics of that a bit more later.
I loved that the Rid’Ups are built to sit at a 90-degree angle to the leathers. They stayed exactly where I put them as I rode, even though they are lighter than my MDCs. I didn’t love the Acavallo Arena AluPros in part because they felt too light and too prone to move around, so the stay-ability of the Rid-Ups is important to me. Today I only raised a foot just once in half an hour to change where one of the Rid’Ups sat, which is pretty darned great for me. With the Acavallos, I had to stop and do a lot of adjusting by hand to get them to sit where I wanted, but needed to do none of that with the Rid’Ups.
You’ll probably have to shorten your stirrups by a couple of full holes or so. (3 on my Webbers.) The Rid’Ups are tall, once you take into consideration the release mechanism.
I’m not jumping yet after my ankle fracture, so I’ll have to report back in a couple of weeks on how they do with my jumping saddle, with heels truly down, and how shock-absorbing they are.
So far, though, I’m giving the Rid’Ups an enthusiastic thumbs-up.