If anyone needs security AND safety in their saddle, it is cross country riders...
There is a specific, non-safety reason for wanting a free ankle when jumping. However, steeplechase riders also have a pretty good reason to want security & safety, and they typically ride with their feet home in the stirrup.
It's a false sense of security. Develop your seat instead.
Wanting to keep the stirrups on your feet isn't looking for a false sense of security. We use stirrups because they are helpful, and they are only helpful when on our feet.
The first time I cantered, it was on a horse that hadn't cantered in a year. It also turns out, compared to my other two horses, that his canter is very rough. With time, my cantering has improved and my legs don't flop around - at least, not as much.
I first used the home position when I was trying to ride with a longer leg, and I didn't want to push down with my toe to try to keep the stirrup. The home position allowed me to do that. With time, the stirrup has migrated forward on my foot, and I now ride with the ball of my foot at the front of the stirrup rather than at the rear. That is where it feels best to me, now.
I raised the point after you posted:
I'm going to fundamentally disagree.
While both equipment "solutions" will reduce the chance of getting hung up, the best solution is to train yourself to NEVER place your foot in the stirrup past the ball of the foot. That's even more important with western saddles, where the stirrups are attached to relatively inflexible (compared to english stirrup leathers) fenders.
None of my boots have a heel taller than an inch. But they never go in the irons any farther than the ball of the foot.
I have yet to find any evidence that the home position results in a higher probability of your foot getting caught. And with the wider tread of many western stirrups, that is even more true - not less. The stirrups on my western saddle are quite wide, and go from just in front of my heel to the base of my toes.
My boots have taller heels - about 1.5 inches. If I fall off a horse, it is a safe bet that something unusual happened first. If a horse is bucking, or spinning around, then counting on maintaining a certain stirrup position for safety is more risk than I want. I've never ridden with a set of tapaderos, but only because I haven't seen any that I liked.
I spent a few years working operational test of military equipment. We always preferred to have safety engineered in rather than rely on procedures. If there is only one way to attach a connector, then it will never be connected backwards.
I'm not arguing for anyone to start riding with their feet homed. I did it for a while, and still ride with my feet farther forward than many, but I'm hardly a shining example for others to follow. However, it is also obvious to me that a lot of what is written about riding involves repeating what someone was taught, rather than experimenting with different stuff & styles. The best rationale I know of for NOT riding in the home position is that it robs you of the use of your ankle, and sometimes having that extra joint available to flex is good.
It looks to be dry enough today that I may get a chance to try out the $32 safety stirrups I ordered a few weeks ago. I've no idea if they will help me, or be a nuisance. However, I do believe in using equipment that improves my odds. If these help me, I'll keep them. If not, they will go into my growing box of 'tack I didn't like'...