(Please read through before starting and have a large pot of very warm water ready)
- First thing to do is adjust them to your preference. If they are one hole long thatís fine.
- Note the holes that the Blevins is attached to then remove the hobble straps, stirrups, and Blevins slide.
Take the bottom section of the fender (that held the stirrup) and soak it in the warm water for a minute or two. When you take it out the leather will be more pliable and you can twist it to the correct shape. Place the Blevins slide facing the opposite way and the part that you just twisted in the holes on the opposite side of the leather strap
Put the hobbles back on tightening them to hold the stirrups in place. The stirrups should now be facing forward instead of inward.
Let them stay over night to dry completely. When they are dry, you can take them apart and oil them.
This system keeps your stirrups in the right place so that when you put your right leg over your horse, the stirrup is right there for your foot.
It will also keep your knees and hip joints from hurting on a long ride.
The following picture is what I do with the extra length of leather that you may have. If it isn't too long you can just let it hang but I don't think it makes a nice look.
What I do is to fold the excess length to the inside and use the hobble and a piece of leather tie to hold it in place. It makes a nice, neat, finished look.