Over 25 years ago, Sprenger and the inventor Erwin Meroth developed the first jointed stirrups. The stirrup is characterised by a forward and backward moveable tread which automatically turns the rider’s heels in the correct low position and reduces the risk of becoming stuck in the stirrup in case of an emergency. The movable tread enables permanent contact and additionally provides very good foothold and relaxed calves. This might explain its great popularity among show jumpers and military riders. In 1998 Sprenger improved the stirrups flexibility by extending the joint with an additional link. The advanced stirrup distinguishes by maximum comfort in addition to the known advantages. It relieves hips, knees and ankles during riding and particularly spares ligaments and menisci. Until today the “System 4 jointed stirrup“ is an epitome for comfortable riding. It has unquestionable confidence and is used by both, leisure and professional riders. Success – as in most cases – brings plagiarism. The copies you find in the market are often of poor quality and can generate a major safety risk. Therefore only trust the original from SPRENGER.
The Sprenger caring instructions for stirrups are similar to those for bits and spurs. You should regularly remove all kinds of dirt by cleaning them with water and dry them afterwards. When needed also use the Diamond Paste to bring the shine back to the metal.
A soft cloth and when necessary a bit of water are perfectly good for cleaning our anthrazite and bronze coloured stirrups and spurs.
The stirrup pads can easily be cleaned with a grooming brush after riding.
Sprenger’s jointed stirrups have a Special developed “System 4” joint which is coated with a protective rubber layer. The rubber coat stabilizes the moveable part of the stirrup and protects the joint from dirt, sand and humidity.
Please also regularly check the condition of the stirrups and the rubber coating. Especially after a fall of rider and/or horse or after hitting the wall or the jump-stand with the stirrup, you should check if the joint is still working properly. If you find any deformations or if the mobility of the joint is limited, for safety reasons please do not use the stirrup any further.
Sprenger produces high quality products with an above average durability. However, it is necessary to regularly check your products for proper condition and function. You should replace a product as soon as it presents a safety or health risk for horse or rider. In any case of doubt please contact your local dealer who will be happy to give you advice.
Since stirrups have to withstand high pressure during riding, please ensure that your stirrups are in perfect condition before every use. You should regularly check your stirrups for cracks or deformations.
Especially after a fall or when a stirrup accidently hit the wall or jump-wing while riding, you should carefully inspect the stirrup for damages. Do not use damaged or deformed stirrups any longer! In case of doubt it is safer to replace the stirrups or at least ask a proven expert for advice.
The rubber of the System 4 and Bow Balance stirrups can be repaired if the stirrup is – apart from that – in a completely harmless and usable condition. This repair may only be done by Herm. Sprenger and has to be handled through your retailer.