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post #21 of 25 Old 07-21-2013, 12:42 PM
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Maureen, I'm unsure if the reason your toes got to sleep is due to how you ride or not. I know that if I ride with too much weight on my feet in any stirrup, not only do my knees start hurting, but my pinkie toes will go to sleep and cause pretty severe pain. However, if I make sure and keep my weight off my feet (I try to only keep enough weight on them just to keep them in the stirrup), I don't have a problem.
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post #22 of 25 Old 07-21-2013, 01:18 PM
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Off topic, but I've sometimes wondered why no one seems to have invented quick-release stirrups, along the lines of ski bindings or bicycle toe clips.
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post #23 of 25 Old 07-21-2013, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
Off topic, but I've sometimes wondered why no one seems to have invented quick-release stirrups, along the lines of ski bindings or bicycle toe clips.
I've seen them for English stirrups, they have a hook and a rubber band on the outside bar of the stirrup instead of metal, supposed to break or stretch and release your foot when loads of weight is on them. I've never used them so can't speak to the usefulness of them.

I never like having my foot home, just personal preference. Also have seen plenty of horses bolt through a one rein stop....
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post #24 of 25 Old 07-21-2013, 01:40 PM
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They do have them, James. There are all sorts of different styles of breakaway stirrups
Smart Rider and English Breakaway Safety Stirrups

Breakaway Stirrups Horse Saftey Stirrups that break away if you fall to prevent dragging by STI

Sidestep Safety Stirrups - Brown

But those aren't always sensible or feasible for every rider.
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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. ;)
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