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  • Difficulty getting prestige t bar leathers onto stirrup irons
  • Compare t bar stirrups to single leather

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    10-18-2012, 02:22 AM
  #11
Trained
They're definitely worth a look, I am really fussy with my tack, and fell in love with my Kieffers very quickly. They have yet to stretch, and surprisingly having gone from my leathers which do up at the iron, so only have one thin piece of leather under your leg - I don't feel that my Kieffers have added any extra bulk under my leg. And my legs are so short that I need as much lack of bulk as I can get!!!!
     
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    10-18-2012, 02:38 AM
  #12
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The new webbers, by the way, are made of a softer material, too. They are hardly distinguishable from real leather.
     
    10-18-2012, 02:47 AM
  #13
Started
I use a pair of Aintree leathers. Not the thinnest but I don't feel them at all. But being a bit thicker they're not quite as easy to adjust in the saddle. Not a fan of the wintec style fixture - the holes stretch and the t-bar can slip out. I lost a stirrup this way on Star while trotting, it undid and the stirrup literally fell on the ground!

ETA: Leather leathers can mark synthetic saddles and synthetic leathers can put wear marks on leather saddles - I generally wouldn't combine one with the other.
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    10-18-2012, 08:18 AM
  #14
Yearling
One other thing to bear in mind is that leather-covered web, often described as 'non-stretch', does actually stretch, so you have to rotate these leathers in the usual way.

I have a pair of E Jefferies Elite leathers on one saddle and couldn't work out why they felt odd until I took the advice I often give customers and checked them - one was 3/4" longer than the other :(
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    10-18-2012, 09:42 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Tiny, I have a pair of the new webbers and I love them. So much easier to adjust from the saddle and I have never had one slip out. They are not rubbery at all. They don't look like high end leather but they don't look plastic either.

But I would not put them on a leather saddle that I cared about. Same with putting real leather leathers on my wintec saddle.
     
    10-18-2012, 10:57 AM
  #16
Trained
I always check my stirrup length when I strip my saddle for cleaning, and make sure the shortest one goes back on the left side.
     
    10-18-2012, 11:06 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Personaly I love my Jeffries leathers, no hideously expensive but beautiful quality
     
    10-18-2012, 11:24 AM
  #18
Green Broke
I HATE the webbers. My stirrups just hang weird with them and they never feel secure really.

I shelled out a small fortune for mine, having ridiculously short legs, I needed what amounts to child-sized leathers but I also needed them to go long enough for normal-sized people. In order to get leathers with that many holes but still be strong, I had to have them custom-made with a high quality leather.

I rode in a hunt saddle yesterday with Pessoa leathers... absolutely loved them. No real "bulk" to them at all.
     
    10-18-2012, 02:28 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I loved the webbers on the Wintec saddle I rode in for years. When I got my leather saddle, I didn't want to get the Bates webbers because they're designed a little differently- the hole doesn't go all the way through both layers; instead it only goes through one and the outside-facing layer is solid to hide the hook, but I've seen how that works out over time- eventually the hook wears through the leather in the spot where they're always attached and that looks worse to me than seeing the hook to begin with.

Instead, I got Prestige Ideal Dressage Stirrup Leathers which are almost exactly like the Wintec webbers, but in real leather. They're thicker than the Wintecs (not sure how they'd compare to the Bates) and were a little difficult to get through the holes in my stirrups, but I do like them
     
    10-20-2012, 07:19 PM
  #20
Weanling
I have two pairs of the 1/2" lined Beval leathers. I love them because I can't feel them there, there is also minimal stretching because of them being lined. I haven't seen them lately so not sure if they still sell them, I bought them from St. Croix Saddlery (www.stcroixsaddlery.com) several years ago.
     

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