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Ok so I just got a treeless saddle...I've found that the stirrup leather buckle is ...
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    Stirrup leather wraps/covers? What are they called/where to find them?

    Ok so I just got a treeless saddle...I've found that the stirrup leather buckle is really bulky under my leg, so I solved it by pulling the buckle down to the stirrup, and then securing the extra strap hanging out by just wrapping it with electrical tape.

    However I would like to find some kind of cover for. I know they make full length sheepskin covers, but I have also seen some kind of cover that goes around the bottom of the stirrup leather (at the top of the stirrup), and only extends a few inches up. They are usually black and I'm assuming velcro?

    If anyone knows where I could find those that would be great! I think I've seen them on like endurance saddles before.
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    I have stirrup leather covers on my Aussie saddle. You could do a google search for "stirrup leather covers"
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    What you need are Wintec webbers. There's no buckle, only a single strap (it is still totally adjustable though), so no bulk. Bates has the same thing in leather.

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    draftlover- i tried to search for that again, but i keep getting the full length fleece ones :-/ , i'm going to keep looking though

    rascalboy - i was contemplating those. I have regular Bates leathers and love them, but I've heard mixed reviews on them. Might be worth a shot though.
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    Stirrup leather sleeve. Barnsby makes (or used to) them in black and very dark brown. I bought some from dressageextensions.com a few years ago. Or you could switch to a monostrap like Wintec Bates Webbers. the strap[ Garu Mundy makes, Stubben monostrap, etc.

    edit: Another site said Gary will make sleeves, and that the ready-made sleeves aren't available now.

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    I have a pair of Enlightened Equitation "webbers" for sale. Similar to Bates but they are leather on both sides, where the Bates are only leather on one, and have a nylon core so they don't stretch out. $50 plus shipping. Pics are here:

    http://www.virginiaequestrian.com/ma...&PhotoID=86581

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    I'll also suggest you consider bottom adjust leathers; either the Webbers (Bates if you want leather and they do have buckle covers or Wintec if you want synthetic) or regular bottom adjusts. I recently had Gary Mundy make me a pair of the latter after trying things out with the Bates webbers and liking the "lump" being gone. Much easier to adjust from the saddle, too.

    I'd actually be willing to sell you the Bates I have (brown) for a reasonable cost, but I suspect they will be too long for you as they are the 32" version and I have long legs and use a dressage saddle.
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    Thanks for all your responses everyone. I'm trying out the Barefoot Cheyenne, and now I'm not sure I'm going to keep it. I tried dressageextensions and they don't appear to be carrying them anymore. I can't use synthetic leathers on this saddle because of the nubuck, but I will consider the Bates webbers. (Unfortunately Jim, the saddle is black, and I'm about 5'3" and ride in a close contact, so I'm still in the process of getting used to longer stirrups)
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