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post #11 of 32 Old 03-20-2012, 07:04 AM
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320 to 500 HUNDRED DOLLARS for a set of basic stirrups ? Somebody is seriously smoking crack.
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$25 for a pair and they work just fine.

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post #12 of 32 Old 03-20-2012, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Frank, do you ride with your feet home in the stirrups?
No, I try to keep proper foot positon, but sometimes it is not possible on the trail. In my case, my Paint slipped going down hill and my boot was hung up in the stirrup when I came off of her.
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quite a few safety designs out there that are way less than $100. The big oversized padded endurance stirrups combined with shoes that arnt aggressive soled help also. You could also ride aussi, the leathers come off if you get dragged. Supposedly. I havent tested it.
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google brought up these - a little pricey but how much is safety worth? Free Ride Western Safety Stirrups - specifically for western riders

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post #15 of 32 Old 03-20-2012, 09:16 AM
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No, I try to keep proper foot positon, but sometimes it is not possible on the trail. In my case, my Paint slipped going down hill and my boot was hung up in the stirrup when I came off of her.
K, got it. That does suck.

One more suggestion, take a look at the width of your stirrups, what's on them where you step, and your boot soles.

I've fallen quite a few times, mostly at the canter, and I have never been hung up. Some of my boots have leather soles, some have rubber soles (but meant for riding so they are not deep/aggressive). And my stirrups have rubber pads (english) but the are not very wide so the shoe doesn't have far to go before it's off the stirrup completely.

I gotta say that's a nightmare scenario.
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google brought up these - a little pricey but how much is safety worth? Free Ride Western Safety Stirrups - specifically for western riders
That's probably the most practical solution, based on a time-tested idea.
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Thanks for all the help! I really appreciate it!
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"Safety" stirrups are not new. In the English world, we've had Peacock stirrups, which have a strong rubber band on the outside. This will breakaway and free the rider if you fall.
The Western world has had leather covered stirrups to keep your foot from "going home."
Neither of these runs $200/pair.
Here is one site (of many) to buy either of them.
Stainless Steel Peacock Irons Pair - Statelinetack.com
western covered stirrup - Bing Images
E-Z Ride Stirrups w-Leather Cover and Tapadero-Black-1 on eBay!
ALso, practice riding without your stirrups. I was thrown by a horse I was trying out about 3 years ago. I routinely try new horses without stirrups and THIS ONE would have dragged me, since he started bucking when I squeezed for a trot from a walk. I just fell instead.
Sincerely I'm sorry about your experience. **hugs**
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Many western riders think nothing of jamming their feet all the way in. Hence my question.
That is correct. I do it regularly.

Do you have any evidence whatsoever that it is wrong?

Question on stirrup position: ball of foot or mid-foot (home)

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bsms, in our PC world, where the thought of a child riding a bike down the street is DEPLORABLE, I see nothing wrong with YOU riding home in your stirrups. I always learned to ride any saddle's stirrup with the ball of my foot on the tread, and that is how I taught my students to ride, as well. I think you posted some 100 yo pictures on a thread in 2011 showing cowboys and others riding home in their stirrups and a very long leg reaching for that stirrup. I guess I would recommend that someone rides that way ONLY with the stirrups really long, which is what I've always seen in the "cowboy" pictures that I have seen over the years.
I ride my stirrups one hole longer than my DD's who are also my height and build. (There are many complaints when they mount up in my saddles.) I often lose them, but I like the feel.
Do as you wish. I think an older safe horse is fine to ride that way. I don't feel comfortable riding my younger horses that way.
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