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post #1 of 11 Old 09-15-2009, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Stirrup turners?

Got my new saddle monday. Anyways, I need to stretch my stirrups and was wondering if anyone had used stirrup turners before? Saw some on Chick Saddlery website. I was told to use a broom handle and wet down my fenders with a spray bottle, but I don't want to darken my fenders. Any feedback would be great!
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-15-2009, 10:20 PM
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Another thing you could try is go flip around your blevins buckles. (like is done in this picture: full2011 - Servimg.com - Free image hosting service)
My used barrel saddle came that way, except without the leather wrapping, and as soon as I'd ridden in it, I went and did the same thing to all my other saddles. Haha

Basically, you know that blevins buckle on your stirrup leathers? The big buckle that you use to adjust your stirrup length. Pull the two pieces apart, and take off that sliding piece that locks it in place, then turn it around and buckle it like that -- the same as usual, just on the opposite side of the stirrup leather. Do the same on the other side.
Just keep in mind: You want to turn your stirrups so that the part that was facing the horse should now be facing forward.
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I use an old broomstick. I don't wet the fender, I just turn my stirrups and slide the broomstick through them and this is how I always store my saddle. After every ride, I simply slide the broom handle through the stirrups. It's cheap and easy to do.
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I did a thread on this some time ago. The following is the system I use and you will never need a broom to keep them turned. It doesn't darken the leather at all and is pretty much permanent: Turning Western Stirrups

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I use an old broomstick. I don't wet the fender, I just turn my stirrups and slide the broomstick through them and this is how I always store my saddle. After every ride, I simply slide the broom handle through the stirrups. It's cheap and easy to do.
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I use an old broomstick. I don't wet the fender, I just turn my stirrups and slide the broomstick through them and this is how I always store my saddle. After every ride, I simply slide the broom handle through the stirrups. It's cheap and easy to do.
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-17-2009, 04:10 PM
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I use the "Stirrup Straight" - eliminates the stress on your knees and ankles. I love them!
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or use a 2X4

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Luv 2 trail, where did you get your stirrup turners from?
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-21-2009, 06:29 PM
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I have these.

Stirrup Rotators - Horse.com

I tried the broomstick, but it didn't work well.

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