"I would like
to say thank you for the brilliant design of your stirrups. I
am 16 years old and have suffered from chronic knee pain since
I was 14. At one point, it was so bad that I was looking at taking
time off of riding to recover, because when I did ride, I had
to ride without stirrups and I couldn't compete without them.
This was unfortunately right before the 2004 USEF Junior Dressage
Team Championships (recognized by the USOC as a Junior Olympic
Equestrian Event) which I had qualified for. My trainer (Jennifer
Hoffmann) recommended that I try your stirrups, and it made all
the difference in the world!! I was finally able to ride virtually
pain-free, and I was able to compete in the championships, where
I won the team gold medal and finished third individually. Since
then, I have put your stirrups on all of my saddles, and I won't
ride in anything else.
Your stirrups saved my riding career! "
San Diego, California
WINS MDC NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST
The quote below is
"...I would love
to have the MDC Intelligent Stirrups on my trail saddle for comfort
and security, and on my dressage saddle for improved leg position
and effective communication. There is no other piece of tack or
training device that has the power to do what these stirrups do!
These stirrups accomplish what I call the three C's - communication,
To read Eve Alxexander's complete winning essay submission click
The MDC Corporation recently received correspondence from an
individual with special concerns in regard to our products. Below
is a quote from her with a reply following her use of our line
in your stirrups. I have anterior compartment syndrome in both
my calves, and as a result riding has become difficult for me
- especially because I show jumpers. I bought the normal flexi
stirrups and this made riding almost impossible due to the pain.
I've been riding in a pair of stirrups with the eye placed more
to one side (off set eye stirrups?) but those are only marginally
better. The only stirrups that were sort of comfortable were ones
with a wide base - but my coach feels that light weight stirrups
aren't very safe in the jumpers because of the trouble retrieving
them if you loose a stirrup. Do you think the MDC stirrups would
be helpful in eliminating my leg pain? Which model would you recommend
and why? Also do you find that they aid in creating a correct,
solid lower leg position and heels that go down farther?"
"Thanks for your
concern. I bought a pair and just put vet wrap on them to try
(the store wouldn't let me try a pair).! I will not be returning
the flexi MDC stirrups - its wonderful to finally be able to ride
without constant pain and discomfort!! Everything I read about
them on your website and on the internet forums was correct -
these stirrups actually DO eliminate leg pain and discomfort.
I also wanted to thank you for your quick reply to my email and
the follow up. It is wonderful to deal with a company who is willing
to help the customer and who ACTUALLY stands behind their product.
I will recommend your product to my friends, coach etc. I think
if the Canadian companies who sell MDC Stirrups offered trial
rides in a pair that sales would increase. The stirrups are much
more expensive then regular fillis irons and often people do not
want to spend money if the product does not deliver what it says
The MDC Corporation can find no greater reward than that of our
customers satisfaction. We do stand behind our products and take
great pride in providing our customers with exceptional products
and professional service.
British Columbia, Canada
"I just wanted
you to know how fabulous your irons are. I carried them in my
store for about 4 months, and all my customers were raving about
them. The #1 comment was the amount of pain they relieved, I thought
yea sure what ever. Then I tried them, wow were they right. I
usually have alot of pain in my right hip but no more, who would
think that a stirrup could do that. I went for a 3 hr trail ride
and felt fine afterward, I was amazed, and normally I am screaming
after 1 hr. I will never ride in anything else, thank you so much!"
Owner - Glisan St Saddlery
Cheryl had recently undergone laparascopic knee surgery for an
injury and ongoing pain. She had continued to experience significant
knee pain even after the surgery.
ago I was unable to ride without knee pain but since using the
MDC Intelligent stirrups riding is not only possible but enjoyable
again and most of all I am able to ride constructively as proven
with Blackwood’s score in the Inter II on the weekend. Adding
to this, the week before last I went skiing for a week. With my
knee problem I was able to ski for the first three days but was
unable to move off my bed on the 4th day. However, when I returned
home I was able ride quite comfortably on the Sunday. I believe
this is the result of the Intelligent Stirrup!"
FEI Rider And Trainer, Member - Tasmanian State Dressage Squad
"The stirrups arrived in time for my lesson today. My instructor (of several years) was dumfounded to see my lower leg showing stability for the first time ever. She said, 'Diana, if there were one thing I could change about you, it would be to make that lower leg stable.' Well, now we have it. With a stable base of support, my horse was a dream to ride, uphill and in self-carriage. I don't understand enough of the biomechanics to explain it all, but I do know what works, and the MDC stirrups are worth every penny."
West Linn, OR
"I recently purchased a pair of the MDC stirrups and had to tell you that I truly love them. I had a serious riding accident seven years ago and have ridden with knee pain since that time. Now I have no pain, no more stiffness when I dismount, even after hours in the saddle. I can't tell you enough how super these stirrups are, and thank you for the fantastic product!"
Coconut Creek, FL
"I have struggled
for years with pain on my shins from riding—and I have the scars
to prove it! No saddle or stirrup leathers ever fixed the problem.
I tried your MDC stirrups and VOILA! Problem solved! I now ride
pain free and no more sores on my shins! And not only no more
pain, but my leg position is better than ever!"
Los Angeles, CA
pleased with the quality and functionality of my MDC Ultimate
Stirrups. I noticed the difference immediately and am happier,
more comfortable and feel my aids are more effective. They are
an excellent quality product and a much needed innovation. The
quality and function of the MDC stirrup irons definitely help
me be a more correct and relaxed rider for my wonderful stallion.
A fabulous product that I highly recommend to any serious rider."
Hawk's Run Trakehners
"I LOVE THESE
STIRRUPS!!! Chronic knee and back pain have plagued my riding
(which is also my career) - but not anymore! The shock absorbing
nature saves impact on my knees and back - which has allowed me
to ride more horses in a day. I also love the dial on top, the
90 degree is perfect for starting youngsters, no more searching
for your stirrup. I also love the sleek black design. Thank you
for creating such a great stirrup!!"
FEI Rider/Trainer (Dressage)
"I was very hesitant
to spend 200.00 dollars for a pair of stirrups, but was very curious
about the design. So after much thought, and getting tired of
fighting with my standard stirrups, I broke down and bought a
pair. Man, now I wish I had bought them long before. They are
great!! I ride dressage and have an educated seat and now my stirrups
actually feel like a part of my feet. Best investment yet!"
North Augusta, South Carolina
"There is absolutely
no greater stirrup than the MDC and especially so for someone
like myself that returned to riding after such a long time! The
very instant that I put my foot in the 90 degree angled stirrup
it was with ease that I was able to get my heel down and in turn,
my calf right where it should be, on Valentino's sides! Moreover,
it was easier to continue to keep my calf relaxed and stretched
plus, when losing a stirrup, it was a breeze to find that my foot
found its "rightful" place almost immediately!"
Cathy Ann Savino-Kedzierski
"I just wanted
to let you know that I received the stirrups-many, many thanks-
and that I have ridden in and LOVE them! Even after just two rides,
I have none of the discomfort in my "bad" knee that
I ALWAYS have! I'm a convert and plan to tell ALL my club members
about the product, which, by the way, I think you should rename;
The TRULY Intelligent Stirrups!"
"You may remember
me - I'm the individual with who suffered a shattered pelvis and
back in Colorado. I received your stirrups last week. Since then,
I have ridden twice and they make such a difference! They really
feel stable on my wobbly legs, my hips don't hurt and I'm able
to post with much less trouble then before. They provide a very
secure feeling. I really like them and as soon as I can get back
into my dressage saddle I will order another pair. Thanks so much
for your help and guidance. You have a great product!"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
"After a couple
weeks riding using the MDC Intelligent Stirrups, I can definitely
say they make a considerable difference lessening the strain on
my arthritic knees. Less pain means I can ride longer and stronger.
Thanks for a great innovation."
"I have been
a chiropractor for seventeen years and riding since I was ten
years old and to say that my first ride (only at the walk) in
your MDC Ultimate Stirrups was the best neuromuscular adjustment
I have had is no exaggeration.
My first impression and what I relate to others, is that riding
in the MDC Stirrups is like riding without stirrups, allowing
a deep soft symmetrical seat with full contact of my thigh and
leg. The freedom of the entire limb from the hip joint through
the toes truly allows an independent seat, regardless of the stirrup
The feedback that i received from my patients that are using the
MDC stirrup is outstanding especially from those who have had
chronic knee, hip and lower back problems. Reports that patieints
are able to ride for three to four hours without pain and with
much less stress and fatigue throughout their entire body is quite
a testimony to the biomechanical efficency that the stirrups allow.
From the horse’s perspective, if we have less stress and
strain going into our mechanics, then it seems an apparent observation
that the horse’s back would experience less stress and pressure
in the area of the stirrup bars. Not to go unsaid that if our
weight and aids are more fluid and correct, the horse will benefit
directly and immediately.
The added safety of being able to retrieve a stirrup is great,
although I have personally appreciated the ease of foot placement
when mounting (no hands) and getting my leg out in front of me
while being bucked about.
I absolutely recommend everyone should ride in a pair of MDC Intelligent
Stirrups for the improved ease in mechanics, improved safety and
the sheer joy of it.
One thousand thanks."
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
"The design is
very clever, and very practical. The model I tested (MDC Ultimate
Stirrup®) will probably be the #1 English stirrup that I
recommend from now on, because it combines the best features of
both the types of stirrups I generally recommend.
With the MDC stirrups®, the eye is not offset in a fixed
position - these stirrups give you a choice of THREE different
positions. That is, you can adjust them to hang flat against the
horse's sides (traditional position), or to hang at a 90-degree
angle, perpendicular to the horse's sides (as the Icelandic stirrups
do), OR to hang at a 45-degree angle - halfway between those two
This solves several problems at once. You can pick up these stirrups
easily, without twisting or torquing your ankles or knees, and
without having to make two or three tries before your foot "finds"
the stirrup. The 90-degree and 45-degree angle options make life
better for riders whose natural conformation causes them to "toe
out" a little - and those options also allow stirrups to be set
individually (one at 45 degrees, one at 90 degrees) for riders
like yourself who have one foot that "toes out" much more than
Some riders are made uncomfortable by the pressure that the leathers
themselves can bring to bear against their boots or shins, and
this, too, is addressed by these "Intelligent" stirrups. If you
set them at the 45-degree angle, you will feel only half of the
usual pressure from the stirrup leathers; if you set them at the
90-degree angle, you will feel NO pressure at all from the stirrup
leathers. This may seem like a small and unimportant change, but
ANY incremental increase in your comfort can have a big effect
on your enjoyment of your ride.
Before you buy a pair, you should probably visit the company's
web site and look at the different models, sizes, and colours
(they come in black as well as traditional stainless steel). You
should be aware that - aside from the colour issue - there are
two different functional versions of these stirrups.
The MDC Comfort Stirrup® is the basic model with the three
The MDC Ultimate Stirrup® offers the same three adjustments
AND the flexing feature. This is the model I've tested, and I
can tell you that it's a wonderful combination of form and function,
providing riders with enhanced safety, shock absorption, customized
comfort, and convenience. Yes, you could say that these stirrups
are pricey, but I don't think you'll regret your purchase for
a single moment."
" I am writing
to tell you how wonderful your MDC Intelligent Stirrups® are.
Three years ago, my ankle was shattered when my horse spooked
on the last fence of a triple fence combination and slammed my
ankle into a jump standard. I had 9 pins and a plate holding my
ankle together and were placed there to mend it back together.
A year later I had another surgery to remove all the hardware
except for one pin. After six months of crutches, and over a year
of pain, numbness, numerous trips to physical therapy, the chiropractor,
and the acupuncturist, my passion for riding horses did not diminish.
Physically my ankle could not withstand a normal workout on my
horse. I would have to stop riding and stretch my ankle every
ten minutes or so. I tried your product at the Wine and Country
Classic Horse Show in Santa Rosa, CA. The minute I put my bad
foot into the stirrup, the usual tension could be felt in my ankle
where the stirrup leather crosses over the front of my shin. My
trainer, Tracey Martino, clicked the stirrup to the 90 degree
angle position, and the tension disappeared! I thought, no way,
this is too good to be true. I rode to the warm up arena thinking
the usual pain and numbness to my ankle would return. Can you
imagine how elated I was as I proceeded to work my horse for 45
minutes straight, without taking one break. I only stopped because
I needed to catch my breath! I can't thank you enough for introducing
this product and giving me the opportunity to try them out. Most
of our barn purchased a pair of the"wonder stirrups" for themselves.
I am also proud to say that I won my equitation over fences class
in your stirrups the very next day!"
" Recently I
had the opportunity to try the MDC Comfort Stirrups. I can be
quite a skeptic, especially when I have something I truly like
and have used for over 25 years. Wow! I fell in love with these
stirrups as soon as I put my foot into the stirrup to get on my
first horse of the day. As I rode my horse I noticed I was not
fighting with my stirrup, which I did not know I was doing until
I wasnąt. With this came a perfect (if there is such a thing)
placement of my leg. My leg was wrapped around the side of my
horse supporting him as he moved. Then miracle of miracles, his
back started coming up under me. He finally had the balance, rhythm,
straightness and forwardness I have been after for what seems
forever. And, he was able to keep it for more than a moment here
and there. I repeat, Wow! The next thing I noticed, I was sitting
so lightly with my leg in perfect alignment. No wonder my horse
was able to move so well. Who would think a pair of stirrups would
be so powerful. The thing that makes these stirrups work is the
top piece where the leather runs through, rotates to different
angles. You can have a 45 degree angle set, many hunter jumper
riders will be very comfortable at this option. I grew up fox
hunting, riding lots of young horses and across country in addition
to showing. The 90 degree angle option works for me. I like having
the tread across the ball of my foot for the extra support and
comfort. Speaking of comfort the wider tread is fantastic. When
I took my horse for a gallop across the field, my leg did not
move an iota. And he stayed quiet and round. I realize this sounds
too good to be true, and that I am some amateur who really does
not ride that well to start off with. O.K. I can accept that.
The same things happened on my second horse. Also, I think I ride
quite well, personally, but it is even better sounding if I didnąt.
Oh yeah, the marketing for these stirrups is if you drop a stirrup
on course it stays in place so you can easily retrieve it. This
is a great feature. The things I bring up are just as important,
if not more so. Anything that promotes a rider to ride the best
they can is very important to explore completely."
St. Michaels, Maryland
"I LOVE my MDCUltimate®
stirrups, and wish I'd bought them long ago. They are well worth
the investment. I actually had to shorten my leathers by two holes
with them set at 90 degrees for dressage, yet my legs feel longer
and I no longer have a problem keeping my heels down. I'm better
balanced and my horse moves better. I have a friend who wanted
to try them out. She'd only made it half-way around around the
arena, AT A WALK, and had already decided she HAD to have a pair.
Thanks for inventing such a wonderful product! I'm telling all
my riding friends about them!"
to tell you that I LOVE MY NEW STIRRUPS!!!! Rode in them the first
day and really couldn't believe my reaction -- they lie so evenly
under your feet. For the first time in my riding career I feel
as if I actually can have my leg in the proper position AND have
my weight evenly distributed on the ball of my foot. The next
day I told my trainer "I think I love these stirrups. You have
to try them." She did, and said the same thing. Today we both
tried them again and said: "We DO LOVE THESE STIRRUPS."
Thank you for a fabulous iron!"
" I purchased
my stirrups from State Line Tack. I used them for the first time
yesterday and I really liked them. I'm 58 years old, starting
riding only 8 years ago, and being not so limber anymore, retrieving
my stirrups while riding is very important to me. Also, my joints
don't flex like a teenager. So the way the stirrups bend is very
arrived in time for my riding lesson this week, ealier tonight,
in fact. They work great and are extremely comfortable. I just
wanted to tell you how much I like them."
"Thank you for
the stirrups. I have used them daily since I received them, both
in regular work and competition. I really like the Flex Stirrups
and if possible could you please send me another pair of them."
"I went XC 2star
today on my young horse using your stirrups. They are bloody brilliant!
- Perhaps a number of reasons why had such a good ride, but I
am certain they assisted greatly! Lower leg position was better,
balance was better and less strain on my lower back and pelvis.
"I have had two
riding lessons since I received my gorgeous stirrups, and I have
received far less criticism about my seat position!! That is TERRIFIC!
When I unwrapped them to transfer them to my saddle leathers,
everybody gathered around to see how they worked and to read the
brochure that came with them. People were amazed that the stirrups
offered BOTH the swivel and the safety feature. All in all, I
can assure you, a HIGH POSITIVE. I really love them and actually
- they truly help."