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ChocoMare
Mar. 30, 2010, 08:16 AM
Action Company Escape Breakaway Stirrups (http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=697fa69c-0d16-41df-adb8-3c52586702aa&ccd=ISH002&utm_source=shopping.com&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=36391#tabs)
I prefer english stirrups but use the flexible ones due to ancient/abused knees. However, I'm looking for something with a wider foot-bed, but not the huge true "endurance" stirrups. Came across these and wondered if they were worth a try.

Thanks!

Trakehner
Mar. 30, 2010, 09:50 AM
I love the stirrup extender function of these stirrups, especially for people who just can't seem to get their foot into the stirrup once they're on the ground. There's a lot of those at my barn...if they dismount, they're walking or looking for a rock to step on.

I just changed over to these stirrups" http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VTO&Product_Code=SSSI&Category_Code=I

I actually ordered 2 pair from Belgium for a lot less ($130/pair)...and the day I put them on my saddle, I fell off my new horse when he did a big spook in the indoor ring and my new French braided rein broke (damn gravity!) as I was pulling myself back in the saddle. You can't stick in these stirrups, they hang absolutely straight and are beautifully made and engineered...and are expensive (I think that's required nowadays).

jengersnap
Apr. 6, 2010, 02:33 PM
Those are pretty, Trakehner. I could see using them in an arena, but I would not use them on trail.

I've tried a pair of Icelandic safety stirrups with a saddle I was trying and loved them. They seem to have a slightly bigger foot bed then normal irons, and the safety features are a bonus. It's easy to pick up the stirrup because of the offset loop on the top.

http://www.tolttack.com/product-p/428905.htm

Alternately, a toe cage would extend the foot bed while giving you as much foot in the iron as would be safe and provide safety from being dragged in a fall.

http://www.tolttack.com/product-p/464768.htm

If I start trail riding english, I will either add the cages or a set of english Cashel Cosy Toes to the stirrups. I already use these on my western saddles and the difference they make in winter wind blocking and tree limb deterance is priceless. As a bonus, I can toss a hand warmer packet in there and have warm feet through a cold ride. This was particularly nice for the Christmas parade. Everyone else had frosted toes two hours later while I was toasty warm.

http://www.actionridertack.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=93

The western break away stirrup, well, I've looked at them over and over and I can't convince myself that mounting from the ground year after year like I do will retain the integrity of the stirrup. Getting up has some extra umph to it!

Trakehner
Apr. 6, 2010, 09:35 PM
Those are pretty, Trakehner. I could see using them in an arena, but I would not use them on trail.

I use mine for jumping in the ring, on the trails and even when riding my mule. I've been very happy with them and I don't tend to lose them when dealing with trail obstacles and drama. I like the naturally sit so my foot goes in them easily.

citydog
Apr. 6, 2010, 09:55 PM
I've been eyeballing those, Trake, but I fear they'd just act as a big hook on a dense trail. Where did you order them from?

ChocoMare, I've seen those in person and didn't care for them. The (expensive) Bow Balance ones have a much wider footbed, *and* a semi-offset eye, and I'm hoping to pick up a pair of those, as they seem to really help my ankle since the break.

Trakehner
Apr. 7, 2010, 07:30 AM
I've been eyeballing those, Trake, but I fear they'd just act as a big hook on a dense trail. Where did you order them from?.

I got the stirrups from: http://barefoot-saddles.com/ Believe it or not, with a name like that, they're located in Belgium.

You ride with the open side towards the horse, I haven't had any problems with them catching on anything. They're sure a lot easier on knees since the stirrups want to face the correct angle. The stirrups are actually made in the Netherlands.