Will stirrup irons scratch (english)saddles?

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    03-30-2011, 09:41 PM
Question Will stirrup irons scratch (english)saddles?

I just got my first english saddle, an older used Crosby, and I was wondering whether my irons will scratch my flaps or not? I haven't noticed anything yet but the bumps on the sole are kinda sharp(not sharp enough to cut yourself on but not rounded). I added some pictures to show what they look like. Thanks!
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    03-30-2011, 10:03 PM
Green Broke
They can, but only if it's jostled a lot. If you notice scratching, clean and condition the leather well to get rid of the scratches and get something like this to store your saddle.
Cashel Stirrup Slipper and English Stirrup Accessories | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Or a stirrup wrap would help.
Cashel English Stirrup Iron Cushion and English Stirrup Accessories | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
II Thinline Eng Stirrup Iron Wraps and English Stirrup Accessories | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
    03-30-2011, 10:29 PM
I put socks on my stirrups when my saddle isn't in use. It's a cheap and easy way to protect the leather!
    03-30-2011, 10:33 PM
Thats a good idea Yoshi! I think I will do that just in case, I have heard that Crosby's are prone to scratching :) Thanks!
    03-30-2011, 10:46 PM
Originally Posted by Yoshi    
I put socks on my stirrups when my saddle isn't in use. It's a cheap and easy way to protect the leather!
I use my husband's old socks that have holes in the tops, over the irons, I had the pads leave light scratch marks on my Wintec, I also use a saddle cover too, love using the socks.
    03-31-2011, 12:54 AM
I have the stirrups with the wrap around spiky pads and so far *knock on wood* they haven't scratched my saddle -- which is also a Crosby. Then again, I don't throw my saddle around and only use it maybe twice a week.

But I do like the sock suggestion and may try that out if I see any wear on the flaps ...
    04-02-2011, 02:20 AM
I have a pair of socks that I put on my stirrups after I run them up to stop them from dirtying or marking my saddle :) very simple :)
    03-12-2012, 01:45 PM
I found they did for me, scratches on my leather saddle and rub marks on my Wintec. I use Saddle Savers (saddlesavers.com)

Hope that helps
    03-13-2012, 10:59 AM
Stirrup Socks

I have the MDC Super Sport Stirrups. I bought a pair of stirrup socks. www.rmkequestrian.com/stylists.html is the website. I have a prestige which is very soft leather and the stirrup irons will scratch. The socks work wonders and serve a perfect purpose.

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