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I was galloping through some plowed farm land the other day (which I now realize ...
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    Stirrup irons?

    I was galloping through some plowed farm land the other day (which I now realize was a bad idea), and my horse hit a deep patch of dirt where he sank about 8 inches. This freaked him out, and he bucked and turned sharply and I was already in a 2-point seat, and he threw me off. As I was coming down I though for a minute that my foot was going to get caught in the stirrup, so I jerked my leg in the air and my foot came loose. Luckily I landed in the 8 inches of dirt, so I was completely fine and jumped right up and chased my horse.

    Anyways, this was my first time seriously falling while using a saddle, and it made me decide that I should probably get some safety stirrups. (I recently got a new horse who is much younger and more excited than my old horses, and I wouldn't be surprised if I end up falling off him a few more times in our jumping and galloping adventures).

    My current stirrups are the ones that came with my saddle, plain old classic stirrups. Before I had these I used a pair of the peacock safety stirrups with the quick-release rubber band. They were too small for my foot, but I don't recall ever thinking that they offered me less support or were too light or anything. Once I rode in the solid kind, I decided I liked them better and didn't think I really needed the safety kind.

    My problem now is that I don't know what kind to get! We have a pair at our barn that look like normal stirrups but that come open and release your foot if it gets stuck, and I can use them. (Although I've never tried to see how easily they open). (Here is a link to them: http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-0746 ) I like that they are heavier and look more normal, but I like the fact that with the rubber band kind you can get cool colored rubber bands and treads. I know that sometimes the rubber bands break, but if I get colored ones I'll have extras anyways.

    Does anybody have any strong opinions about good stirrups?? Thanks!

    By the way, sorry that I wrote a novel here.

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    I have those. They are 4.75". I read on a board someplace that somebody had one open up while going over a jump, which she wasn't pleased about. Other than that, I haven't heard anything negative. Mine won't acidentally open.

    Here they are on my Pro Jump. They are roomy. I think the 4.25" size would be adequate for my size 6 boots. I got them for use on a saddle that the leathers wouldn't easily slip off of. Edit: It was a dressage saddle that I no longer own, not the Pro Jump, lol!

    I like the bent leg sometimes called Australian safety irons. That curved part might put a dent in your saddle flap. Either take them off in transit or handle the saddle carefully.


    some comments: http://www.ultimatedressage.com/foru...afety+stirrups
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    I didn't like the look of the Peacocks for myself, especially since they had less room in them for my larger male foot and chunky boots. I bought the Mountain Horse stirrups which also have a somewhat traditional shape. Those you ask about look nice, too. The three reviews seemed favorable.
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    Safestyle, which to me looks like the safety Fillis with the hook and knob ground off, then just turned around backwards. But I'm an engineer. What do I know. ;-) I guess they also offset the eye for the stirrup leathers and turned it 90 degrees, too.


    and the Xup stirrups http://www.ultimatedressage.com/foru...afety+stirrups





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    Smartrider
    http://www.smartrider.net/

    and this:
    In NZ we have what is called Barnes Buckles - I am sure you could get them over in the US.

    They attach between the stirrup and the leather, and will come apart at a certain angle, releasing the entire stirrup.

    Friends of mine swear by them - they do the crazy jumping/hunting thing too - so are much madder than us DQ's
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    http://www.positivelyriding.com/toestoppers.html

    Footsaver irons, that I never heard of before:
    http://www.doversaddlery.com/footsav...X1-0769/cn/97/

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    The ones you've linked we tried using in our school program (all saddles have safety stirrups). We ended up going with the regular peacock ones. I ride in sprenger jointed stirrups, and don't notice a huge difference when i hop in the school saddles. one of our girls felt they weren't waited right and she got some small, but heavy weights and taped them to the understand to compensate for it :-)

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    Although not a safety stirrup, I also like these bowed side Fillis from Libertyville Saddle Shop. Courbette's irons are similar. Gives you a little extra clearance without having a sloppy wide tread.

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    ooh, I like those bowed side ones.

    After getting a foot hung up on a bolting horse, I bought these: http://www.horsetackinternational.co...ross-loop.html

    They're extremely interesting to ride in, you have no lateral support whatsoever, you feel as if your foot is floating. I like them, a couple of friends had a hard time getting used to them. The rotated eye helps keep them laying flat against your saddle when you run them up so it doesn't dent the leather.

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    I love those bowed ones. They are more bowed than Courbette's. Just something different... lol.

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    BTW, in the new Dover sale catalog, the hinged stirrups you linked to are $10 off. Use the product code KC-0746 to get the sale price.
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