I hadn't thought about it but your right (as usual) Jennifer. It is when I get lazy and start balancing off my feet instead of my butt that my toes go numb duh!
I have some stirrups with the smooth leather bottoms, I'll try them and see if I feel more like sticking my foot home. That might be a better idea than ripping the pads off the stirrups I just bought a few months ago. Possibly a new purpose for duct tape?!
I've never felt like my foot was getting caught in the stirrup anytime I have come off. I have never gone off backwards though, always forwards or sideways, or Saro sits down and I just step off
. Maybe that make a difference. I know an older gentleman in our saddle club came off earlier this year and was drug quite a ways. Not sure on the particulars beyond that the injuries weren't life threatening. I do remember him always having his foot stuck way in the stirrup whenever we've been on rides together. I do believe it was a forward spook situation so he might have gone off the back.
bsms all my saddles have western stirrup rigging so the 4 bars would be an odd fit.
I'm beginning to think my husbands idea of just wearing boots a size to big is the best idea. ;)
Thank you all for your input ♥