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    10-18-2011, 11:07 PM
Why is it on there?

You know how you can lock the stirrup bars on some saddles? If you're never supposed to ride with them locked, why are they there?
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    10-19-2011, 09:06 AM
In case you want a few months off work with an amputated leg when it gets hooked in the stirrup :)
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    10-19-2011, 09:20 AM
MBP, I'm completely confused what you mean...
    10-19-2011, 10:10 AM
I know what you mean! On an English saddle, not sure about western! Where you thred the stirrup leathers through you can close that with a latch, however you aren't supposed to incase you fall off and your foot gets stuck so the leather slides out.

I honeslty have no clue but will be subbing to find out! I've often wondered the same thing! My old Wintec doesn't have them!
    10-19-2011, 10:18 AM
What I used them for (when I rode English) was just to keep my leathers from slipping off the bar when I was cleaning my saddle. I also locked the leathers in after a ride and I ran my irons up - that way they didn't have a tendency to come off when I unsaddled my horse and put my saddle up.
    10-19-2011, 10:21 AM
Well here is my 2 cents for what its worth. Both my english saddles are REALLY hard to get leathers in and out of. I keep them locked, even if I didnt, something is breaking before it "slips" out of the holder.
    10-19-2011, 05:24 PM
Originally Posted by LetAGrlShowU    
Well here is my 2 cents for what its worth. Both my english saddles are REALLY hard to get leathers in and out of. I keep them locked, even if I didnt, something is breaking before it "slips" out of the holder.
I also locked mine. I figured that's what they were there for. I got blasted by an instructor at a recent lesson saying those should never be locked ever which begged the question, why are they there? I also thought stuff would break too, but I guess not. If it's so dangerous to lock them, why put them there? It's not like they are needed. It takes superhuman strength to get them off in the first place without a lock.
    10-19-2011, 05:25 PM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
In case you want a few months off work with an amputated leg when it gets hooked in the stirrup :)
Got dragged when I was 8. Both legs still with me.
    10-19-2011, 05:39 PM
Green Broke
My understanding is that it is to hold the stirrup leather in place if you lose your lower leg, for example while jumping.

Whilst it may not be the safest in every situation, the last thing you want as you are sailing over a jump and have lost your lower leg (lets face it, happens to the best of us) is for the stirrup leather to slide off. Then you're really in trouble.

I tried to find a picture and found one that sort of illustrates what I am saying:

lower leg jumping.jpg

Although the rider is quite solid still in this pic, if they slid their leg just a little further back and still had weight in the stirrup, they would be at risk of sliding the leather right out of the holder and attempting to land with one or no stirrups. If it is locked you have that bit of protection from losing a leather mid air if you fumble a jump.

So there are risks in both scenarios and it just depends on the situation and the rider, as everything!
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    10-19-2011, 05:45 PM
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Depends on what you are doing. My XC saddle has the bars UP. You spend a lot of time going up and down steep terrain and stirrup leather can slip off the bars, especially when going up steep hills. I have had it happen. Yes, it is often when your lower leg slips back while going uphill, but it is not fun when your leather comes off in the middle of a competition.

I make sure the bars are well lubricated and I open and shut them at least once or twice a month. When you come off and dragging pressure is put on the bar, MY bars will flip down. Some saddles are much stiffer. My XC saddle was made for XC and the bars are pretty mobile.

I do not say that it is better to keep the bars up. I prefer my students keep them down until riding prelim or above. The terrain is usually not quite as demanding at the lower levels.
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