Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
The standard fillis stirrups without pads are pretty slick. I tried that for a while, but didn't like it. The Australian 4-bar stirrups have a rough surface, and are twice as wide as a standard stirrup. Being metal, they behave like standard English stirrups at the end of the stirrup strap. I have a tendency to point my toes down when nervous, and the extra width makes that hard for me to do. I tried them with the leather covering, but my foot would slip too easily. I don't jump or show or do anything special, so I don't know how well my riding reflects yours.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)