Many of you will think this is cheating. I tend to agree, but it's becoming the norm at the shows I attend and in this particular avenue I can use all the help I can get...so here I go.
Yup. Eliminating the shiny bright stuff that draws the eye to my wobbly legs like pre-teen girls to Justin Bieber. Dark recedes. Works best on a dark, dark horse, but it'll still HELP on a bay roan wearing a chocolate brown girth, I think.
And yes, Ms. Equitation Police, I know perfectly well that I need to strengthen my legs and core to keep my legs more stable. I KNOW. I was working on lots of 2-point before I was benched and I WILL be working on it again and eventually posting without stirrups and all that torturous crap when I am cleared for riding. But what's wrong with a little optical illusion? And I HAVE seen black irons on classical Dressage horses so THERE.
So I have a question: How do I know what size Iron to get? My current irons I bought years and years ago with my first saddle and I think I just measured my boot or something. Is there some type of criteria? I know for safety you want them big enough that you can easily slip your foot out, but that's the extent of my knowlege. Is there a more precise way to know? They come in 4 1/4, 4 1/2, and 4 3/4. Only 1/2 " difference between the biggest and the smallest.... is it Child, Woman, Man? There's gotta be some reason there are sizes.
The iron in the "in action" photo looks WAY small to me but maybe she's just got big ol' boats?
Anybody know? About the sizing... not about Bigfoot there...
And can anybody explain to me the benefits or drawbacks of the jointed irons? I've never used them. I did have a pair of double-offset irons once (angled foot and off-center leather placement) and I liked them.