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    08-04-2012, 11:45 PM
  #21
Trained
I actually use stirrups like these:



I think if an English stirrup fits right, the bulk of the ankle should prevent the foot from going thru. The one time I was tossed, I was dismounting with just my toe in the stirrup - further back than normal, as is my custom for a dismount - when my mare did a half-rear, 180 spin and bolt. I went flying. The next day, based on the bruising on my toe, I realized the one foot in the stirrup had slid in as far as it would go, then snapped out leaving a very distinct, sharp bruise across the side of my foot & toes.

If I switch to tapadero stirrups, it will really be to keep my stirrup from catching a branch. That happened the other day...no harm done to me or my horse, but it caught us both by surprise. That, and I love trying new tack - up to the limit of my budget, which usually happens early in the month!

I would also like to try stirrups with a wider base.
     
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    08-05-2012, 12:27 AM
  #22
Started
Same as bsms here, not sure what you call 'em, but the wavy shape on the outside is supposed to keep you from getting stuck and drug. Luckily I haven't put it to the test yet, but they're comfortable for me.
     
    08-05-2012, 01:10 AM
  #23
Yearling
Even more interesting, out of all of the years I've ridden with the ez endurance stirrups with plain ol' Nike's running shoes, I've never had a problem with there being too much grip. Been tossed a few times (horse zigged and I zagged) and never had a foot catch...

Could be riding style has a lot to do with it as well - if you are a rider who depends on your stirrups for balance every moment or if you are a ride by the seat of your pants person (that would be me) LOL! At least that's how I think I ride - after a hard spook or buck, I stay on, but my feet come out of the stirrups. Everything happens so fast!

Tapederos are heavy - I haven't seen any kind other than leather. I thought I heard a story about what their purpose was .... back in the western days, cowboys (vaqueros) or whatnot would rustle up cattle through the thicket (sometimes mesquite) and it would protect their stirrups from being caught on a branch and yanking their saddle while on a fast moving horse. Also worked well for winter protection in snow and cold.

I have a pair of the plastic/synthetic wide endurance stirrups, too - got them off of chick's saddlery or country supply or someplace like that - not as comfy padding as the ez stirrups, and not as pretty but they last forever. Probably weight about the same, tho.

Another interesting thing about the ez aluminum, is that the neck of the stirrup is held together by a bolt and can be easily replaced by any bolt from a hardware store so you can make them fit 1" english leathers or up to 3" western saddle fenders. That's a nice quirk!
     
    08-05-2012, 01:28 AM
  #24
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by clippityclop    
Even more interesting, out of all of the years I've ridden with the ez endurance stirrups with plain ol' Nike's running shoes, I've never had a problem with there being too much grip. Been tossed a few times (horse zigged and I zagged) and never had a foot catch...
Dang! You are making them sound VERY tempting!
     
    08-05-2012, 02:26 AM
  #25
Yearling
Well here is the link for the cages (you can order for plastic/nylon stirrups or aluminum)

Replacement Cages for E-Z Ride Stirrups

Like I've already mentioned, I've never used a pair, but am looking at the above link as a possible purchase. If someone gets some and puts them on, let me know how hard it was - seems you need a riveter, which I have, but don't know how to use (hubby's tools).

I also ride with nothing more than the toe and forward portion of the balls of my feet in the stirrups and when I tried a friends pair on for size, the cage sticks way out in front and kind of looks silly but then silly isn't as important as safety...I've never been a 'whole foot butted up to the heel' in the stirrup type of rider.
     
    08-05-2012, 06:35 AM
  #26
Green Broke
The problem I have isnt too much grip, It is Not enough grip, my feet slide forward in them, or on a spook I loose one. The composite ir cheese grater style tend to stay where you put them.
     
    08-05-2012, 05:36 PM
  #27
Trained
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Originally Posted by bsms    
Cages are more for when the horse hits the fan. After a few spins, bucks & a rear, there really is no telling how far in the stirrup your foot will be. I don't know if I will buy any - they are kind of pricey - but I like the idea of tapadero stirrups:




You know, maybe if I lose a few pounds and buy a fancy shirt, we might meet on the happy trails someday:



Except I wear bifocals. Will that ruin the image?
I think that bifocals will be marvelous. At least I hope so..........

The reason that I am wondering about the cages is that I don't want to meet the old cowboy heroes on the happy trails any time too soon............
     
    08-05-2012, 06:23 PM
  #28
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Celeste    
...The reason that I am wondering about the cages is that I don't want to meet the old cowboy heroes on the happy trails any time too soon............
THAT is a FANTASTIC response! Thanks for the laugh - I needed one today!
Celeste likes this.
     
    08-06-2012, 05:56 PM
  #29
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Celeste    
I see that they are available in aluminum, nylon, and leather covered. What do you have and do you like them?
I have the nylon (aka heavy plastic) ones.

I used to have aluminum ones. Then a friend had her gelding slip on trail and go down on his side.. when he got up, the alum stirrup had mashed flat, trapping her foot in it. Thank god the stirrup bars were the open kind, so the stirrup leather just slid off and she wasn't dragged.

I have heard of this kind of thing happening from a couple other people (one lady had it happen when her horse spooked sideways into a tree).

My nylon one has taken a direct, double barrel kick and it only nicked the plastic (and thank god didn't break my foot). Not sure what would have happened had that been the aluminum ones.
     
    08-06-2012, 06:32 PM
  #30
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
I Then a friend had her gelding slip on trail and go down on his side.. when he got up, the alum stirrup had mashed flat, trapping her foot in it. Thank god the stirrup bars were the open kind, so the stirrup leather just slid off and she wasn't dragged.

.

HOLY COW! Now that is something I've never had happen or heard of before but you know how it is in a world with horses! I wonder, just out of curiosity, if it was the EZ ride brand or another brand? Not all aluminum is created equal when it comes to hardware, obviously there are alloys - an alloy would be easier to bend or smash (sometimes).

This is interesting! I will have to reasearch this - it peaked my curiosity.
     

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