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  1. #1
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    Default Breakaway western stirrups.

    There are a few different types/designs.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tough-1-Alum...#ht_1380wt_938

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...zGgTP7Vw9UH_qA

    Anyone have/use these or any others?



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    Heres another one I found in the Horse and Rider magazine.
    http://www.westernsafetystirrups.com/
    R.I.P Vanny 26 yr QH Stallion 4/11/82 - 5/8/08, Scout 28 yr Paint Cross Gelding, Glistening 11 yr Arab/Saddlebred Mare



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentry Chick View Post
    Heres another one I found in the Horse and Rider magazine.
    http://www.westernsafetystirrups.com/
    Wonderful !!! Just like my 'peacock' stirrups on the other tack. I'm gonna get these.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentry Chick View Post
    Heres another one I found in the Horse and Rider magazine.
    http://www.westernsafetystirrups.com/
    I have those in my western saddle and Peacock in my English saddle.
    I ride alone and have seen a few dragging wrecks, one where someone was dragged with western stirrups and ended mentally handicapped and one with a kid dead.

    While I have never needed either, better have them there.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    I have those in my western saddle and Peacock in my English saddle.
    I ride alone and have seen a few dragging wrecks, one where someone was dragged with western stirrups and ended mentally handicapped and one with a kid dead.

    While I have never needed either, better have them there.
    I have 'used' the peacock stirrups a handful of times. I have a few I ride that like to spin me off... kind of 'Wiley Coyote' style....they just disappear out from under my a$$ My foot has gotten left behind on a few of these occasions. But the peacock lets go of the foot well.

    Someone at my barn busted up her foot pretty good a few years ago when her rehabbing horse unloaded her and her foot stuck for a split second. I have 'pulled' my foot pretty good a couple of times, but the stirrup seems to let it go before it can busted up.



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    I've always used tapaderos or foot covers (bonus of not getting the stirrup caught on bushy branches while trail blazing) but those peacock western stirrups would be nice for showing!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentry Chick View Post
    Heres another one I found in the Horse and Rider magazine.
    http://www.westernsafetystirrups.com/
    That's a really excellent concept and they look pretty good. Dang, wish I'd invented those! My wonderful riding instructor got a badly broken leg two summers ago on a green horse. Some form of breakaway stirrup would have prevented it. I have Kwik-Out stirrups or the old school shaped safety ones on my English saddles. Now I know I can get rid of that scary, trapped feeling on my Western saddles, too.

    Very good thread!



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    If I were to show with those western safety stirrups, I would have a really good saddlemaker make that cover much nicer, tooled to match the saddle, the concho silver to match the saddle ones, so you could not hardly tell it is a different kind of stirrups.

    Although in an arena, it really is not so dangerous to get hung up as outside, riding alone for miles on end.

    Taps help, you won't get a foot thru with them, but they are very bulky and the ones I had a friend made for me, rawhide ones, were heavy.
    We go thru much brush and taps really didn't help much there, our mesquite brush doesn't affect the feet that much.

    I like an open stirrup better, but until these, it sure was not really that safe.



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    Well Sentry Chick, I hooked up the stirrups you recommended today. The branch is longer on them so I had to shorten them up a hole. They look real purdy and I'll report back when I next get to perform an (unplanned) functionality assessment...



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