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    01-03-2011, 06:15 PM
Western stirrpus are a lot harder to fall through with boots on and everything. I ride western too. I guess I just had a bad experience and that is what really has taught me to keep it there for my own safety. I used to ride english, like I said in my first post, and when I got my second horse, a really bratty morgan mare, well she took off on me and I know I wasn't riding correctly and had me stirrups way to far in and they just slipped right over my foot and I was hanging half off half on trying to get unstuck. When I finially did I went tumbling off and slammed my helmet on a rock. So I'm just trying to keep people from repeating my mistakes. I just don't want anyone to get seriously hurt. But if it is physically hard for you to do it then you can't very well do it. Just be really careful.
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    01-03-2011, 06:28 PM
Thanks. I've only fallen once and that was bareback on a super fat horse who took off when I wasn't expecting, so I've yet to have a bad experience like that in a saddle.

Don't English stirrup irons have grippy things on them? I hadn't actually seen an english saddle until like last month (English is very uncommon around here). Because from what I've seen, they have a bit of texture on them, which would make staying on the balls of your feet a lot easier. My stirrups on my saddle are very smooth because it's new and there's no leather wrapped around the bottom (like another saddle I used for a while).
    01-03-2011, 06:51 PM
It kind of does, but english boots are really slippery they don't have grips like a western boot does, or at least my western boots. I have a pair of Justin Gypsys. This is a picture of a english stirrup .
It has a grip but doesn't hold as well. I LOVE my stirrups. They have like a suede material on them that keeps them in place very well. Kind of like these ones.

    01-03-2011, 07:27 PM
These are my boots. I couldn't copy the picture of the sole, but you can see that there's no grip on them.
Ariat Heritage Western R Toe | Women's - Russet Rebel - FREE SHIPPING at

And my stirrups have leather like this:

It has leather, it's just not roughout,which would provide grip. Honestly, I could just get new stirrups, but I have to buy a bucket of UGard soon and the horse comes first. I'd rather not look correct than have a grumpy horse with her ulcers acting up.
    01-03-2011, 08:04 PM
Yeah mine have more tread than that. But I can't find them online to show you. I'll have to take a picture of my own to show you later.
    01-03-2011, 08:14 PM
I try to keep my stirrups at the top of my foot. It is a lot more comfortable and feet just never stay there XD And you do have a way bigger chance at getting dragged when you fall off if your stirrup is in the middle of your foot. Getting dragged is a lot more dangerous than just falling off. The other say I was a hunt and I was watching while they jumped through a river. One lad fell off and was dragged through the river and he just about got hid foot out before his horse went crazy. All because his stirrups were to far back.
    01-03-2011, 08:38 PM
I've tried to see if my foot without boots could go thru my a minimum, I'd need to have my ankle broken first. And I don't ride barefoot. My daughter's bare foot COULD get thru a stirrup, which is why I insist she ride with cowboy boots with good heels.

I'm going to try riding with a mid-foot position, particularly when using the Australian saddle - which is about 75% of the time. I may change my mind, but I'm beginning to believe functional riding differs sometimes from positional riding...and I'm interested in function. Of course, with just 2 years of experience, that may be a very poorly informed opinion...
    01-03-2011, 08:42 PM
It is not really about the boot going through the stirrups. It is more likely to get stuck if it is in the middle of the foot which will take longer to get out than if it is at the ball of the foot.
    01-03-2011, 09:03 PM
Yeah, sometimes it doesn't even have to go through it. It can just get stuck in it. When you fall off and get it stuck and turned its positions so its going to stay there. See how this guys foot is halfway in it? Not all the way through. That can still happen to you.
    01-03-2011, 09:58 PM
^^^The way your post formatted on my computer made it look like it said You: Then the picture. I thought, "Ouch. That's harsh..." lol

I use safety stirrups for now because I'm still a child (according to the USEF), but I'm looking into adult jointless safety stirrups for the future. Those rubber bands just do not look formal...(But I have to say they're saved my BUTT a couple times. My horse always stops dead when I fall, but I could have broken a leg with the way it was caught.

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