“Simply adding a sloped, canted or angled bottom to a stirrup does not make the stirrup perform or function like Crooked Stirrups® stirrup products. Our revolutionary design is not as simple as it seems.”
Most of us learned to ride, in spite of our stirrups. Yet, most everyone, has tried shorter, taller, wider, narrower, flatter, rounder, bigger and smaller stirrups looking for more comfort and more balance. Has anyone considered that “old time” traditional stirrups just plain “suck”.
Here’s an example of how complicated balance can be: A standard Ice Hockey blade is only 0.110 of an inch wide. If you have ever watched Hockey, you have witnessed some pretty severe balance control. A 185 pound Hockey Player controls all their balance with those narrow blades strapped to the bottom of their feet in an exact position. Too far to the inside, the ankle is twisted out. Too far to the outside, the ankle is twisted in. An 1/8th of an inch out of position could make the difference between scoring a goal or breaking an ankle.
In riding, balance is complicated because the “base of support”, the stirrups, are not pushing against the ground but suspended from the saddle. But, thanks to Crooked Stirrups® angled riding stirrups, there is a “centerline of balance” that can be identified.
Here are some examples of stirrup designs with cants, slopes or angles that DON”T operate like Crooked Stirrups® stirrup products.
“It’s not that there is a slope, cant or angle on the stirrup that makes a stirrup better”. In fact, if the slope cant or angle is improperly located in the stirrup or not supported properly by the stirrup leathers, the stirrups can actually become dangerous. If you don’t know the difference and get in an extreme balance situation you might just blame your “bad luck” on your riding skills or maybe “Trigger”. There is a good chance it’s the stirrups. What makes the stirrups work is #1 how balance is transferred from the bottom of the foot to the saddle and #2 from the rider’s motion to the bottom of the foot. There is a centerline of balance that can be identified using both.
Here is another example:
And, another example when the stirrup leathers are “dog-legged”.
The revolutionary design of Crooked Stirrups® angled riding stirrups aligns the “Centerline of Balance”.
Over 60,000 people that ride in Crooked Stirrups® angled riding stirrups know there is a difference.