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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Two-in-One Tack Review: Jin Stirrups and Essentially Eryn Stirrup Covers

In an effort to be matchy-matchy, because clearly that is what I do best, I purchased these Jin stirrups for my jumping saddle for the XC phase.  They are made of aluminum and feel super lightweight; I believe I read somewhere that each stirrup is less than a pound each.  I specifically chose these because of the color, but I also did NOT want to buy a pair of Lorenzini stirrups because all I have read about is their poor durability.  For the price, I did not want to see chips all over my fancy stirrups.  Also, I wanted a wide stirrup pad and I like the 4 degree slight angle.  



So far, I have ridden in them several times on the flat and I love them!  The wide pad is stable and I like how my creaky old knees feel with the slight angle.  I have tried jointed stirrups but wasn't crazy about them, but these stirrups definitely are comfortable.  

I had placed the order in early August, hoping I could use them at Area I Schooling HT Champs, but alas, since they shipped from Canada (and therefore cost a lot less!), they arrived about a week later. 😔  Therefore, I have not yet jumped in them, but riding out the bucks of a sassy pants five year old is pretty much the same thing (right?!).  Hahaha Ellie has had a few "exciting" moments and these felt super comfortable and sturdy while I was trying to stay in the saddle haha!  


Of course, as I waited for them to arrive, I got worried they would scratch my saddle itself.  While I only really planned to use them to jump XC, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have nifty stirrup covers to protect my saddle.  Because honestly, I really like the stirrups enough to keep them on my saddle other than just when I am showing.  

So, I reached out again to Eryn of Essentially Eryn, where I bought my nifty matchy saddle covers.  And they work great!  I love the entire setup and I really hope these stirrups stay looking as nice as they do with no chipping!!  



Comments

  1. Those stirrups are so pretty. I want a pair now.

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    1. They are awesome! You really need a pair, of course! ;-)

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  2. Those are interesting stirrups. I love the idea of the stirrup covers. Hmm...

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    1. You can't go wrong with Eryn if you want stirrup covers (or any of her products, really!)

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  3. Heart eyes emojis. I love love love the green!

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