For some reason, I very rarely worry about getting a boot caught in a stirrup when riding western. English, however, gives me nightmares. I cannot slide my boot into regular fillis irons without feeling my heart rate increase. I'm fairly confident in saying if I rode in fillis irons for any decent length of time I'd eventually have some sort of panic attack. I know that the safety bar on my saddle is down, but still all I can think of is a picture of me getting dragged. So when I ride English, I always ride in peacock irons. I've never liked those foot free ones, they all seem to have a wonky balance and they feel very clunky on my foot, but peacock irons have the feel of a fillis iron without the panic inducing terror (for me). I have a pack of extra bands for them but I've never had to use them … my bands are pretty tight and have never popped off. My fear of getting a boot caught in regular irons is so bad that if I absolutely have to ride in fillis irons, I will completely remove the leathers and ride with no stirrups at all. Last time I had an English lesson I rode that way. Made it 45 minutes into the hour lesson before my thighs gave out cantering in two point lol. After that it was deep seat only.