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post #1 of 10 Old 06-01-2009, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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breakaways stirrups?

I am considering purchasing breakaway stirrups. Does anyone have any suggestions about what kind I should get? Do they work? I am riding in an aussie saddle.
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Breakaways can get to be pretty spendy. If you mainly trail ride, I'd suggest Peacock irons. They have a strong rubber band on the outside that will snap or fall off should you fall. They cost just about the same as regular irons. They wouldn't be good for showing, but I find them to work extremely well for trail riding.

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ty shannon....they will really only be used while I'm trying to get my horse trained this summer. By the end of summer, I would like to be able to take them off and use my normal stirrups.
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Here are Peacocks from State Line Tack for $19.99:
Stainless Steel Peacock Irons Pair - Statelinetack.com

You can also get "foot-free" stirrups. They're a bit more pricey, but look a little bit nicer. These are $36.99:
Foot Free Safety Stirrup Irons Pair - Statelinetack.com

Hope this helps!

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thanks you very much. it helps a lot. I think I will go with the "foot free" kind...they do look better
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haha. Yeah. I had peacocks but I switched to the foot free ones.

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The foot free stirrups are a little more user friendly since you don't have to worry about replacing the rubber bands.

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I hate breakaway stirrups. They annoy me so so much. And half the time they don't 'break'. Waste of money in my opinion. I say just practice keeping your foot in the correct place (not saying you don't).

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I am considering purchasing breakaway stirrups. Does anyone have any suggestions about what kind I should get? Do they work? I am riding in an aussie saddle.

I have an Aussie as well as an English saddle. You can get Aussie maximum and they seem to work pretty well at not letting your feet slip through. I ride with heals down and have never faces this problem but I experimented once to see if I could make my foot slip through and I couldn't. The other advantage to the wider ones is less foot fatigue.

You can find an example of them on this page. Just scroll down a bit.

Stirrups for Australian Horse Saddles

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Anyone tried these "Escape" safety stirrups from Australia? I am about to spring for a pair, I think....

SMARTRIDER - Breakaway Stirrup Specialists
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