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Any oxbow stirrup fans ?

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  • Any oxbow stirrup fans ?

    Inherited a brand new set of Billy Cook oxbows (Sulper OLK) .Goona hang them on a spare saddle and try them soon . The bottoms not completely round . They got some weight to them . They seem rawhide covered over steel ? From what I understand this set was discountinued from BC line . I know in theory why oxbows designed . Any oxbow comments , good, bad or ugly ? Thanks in advance !

  • #2
    I love them on my cutting and ranch cutting saddles. On my trail riding saddles, I prefer wider stirrups.
    Last edited by cutter99; Nov. 6, 2019, 07:26 PM.
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    • #3
      More popular in cutting that any other western discipline. You tend to drive your feet home in the stirrups more in cutting that other disciplines.
      Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.


      • #4
        I'd forgotten all about oxbow's. Are you Superior for a while in high school when I was riding a lot of young horses and putting miles on horses in general a. I use them on a flat seat cutter I used at the time, this would have been in the mid-80s. For whatever reason I don't recall, I transition back to 1 inch flat performance stirrups . Now over the years I have migrated more to a platform type of Stirrup popular on trail Saddles, I no longer show or compete in anything Western.

        As someone mentioned above, you really do have to run your foot home to feel comfortable in them or else they crunch your foot it's feels better when the Stirrup is run up right against your heel, so really only in cutting would it I guess really make sense for someone to use. I'm sure I used them in the old days because I thought it looked cool LOL.


        • #5
          As an English rider, I really preffer oxbow stirrups on a western saddle. I put some brass ones on "my" western saddle. We go on western riding vacations sometimes and I bring them. Riding western for hours hurts my knees and I feel like the wide stirrups don't give me enough hold.


          • #6
            I like mine BUT I do not like them for my sons. After they got about 13 or so their boots were to wide to slip in and out of the stirrup easily.


            • #7
              I hate them. I use wooden Nettles on my cutting saddles.


              • #8
                They hurt my feet.

                Cowboys that use them tell me you need to wear slick leather soled boots with extra tall heels, not roper style, to keep feet in there, not slip thru so easily.

                Mine are also standard wood Nettle stirrups with a flat bottom.
                They seem to have a good balance to stay where they need to stay.


                • #9
                  That is interesting because I wear Blunnies and they don't slip at all in the oxbows. I slip a lot in regular stirrups. But again, I'm not a western rider! So what am I doing here?!? Sorry.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by xeroxchick View Post
                    That is interesting because I wear Blunnies and they don't slip at all in the oxbows. I slip a lot in regular stirrups. But again, I'm not a western rider! So what am I doing here?!? Sorry.
                    Slip thru, as if the horse stumbles or acts up, your foot may slip into the stirrup.
                    If you then fall off, you are hung to the horse and dragged.
                    Several cowboys here have been hung and dragged by their horses, some killed, others badly injured.
                    That can happen with any stirrup, why we have breakaway, specially built and peacock style stirrups.
                    There are even western peacock type ones.

                    As per what some told me, they believe a taller heel and slick sole helps get loose and oxbows seem to be the worst ones to get hung with.

                    At that time decades ago, oxbows were standard cowboy stirrups, flat bottoms called roper stirrups.
                    Cowboys were keeping their tradition, sore feet or not, using what was traditional.

                    Some 30+ years ago, a Sunday afternoon, a horse started crow hopping.
                    Kid was falling off and I reached over and caught him.
                    Kid was fine, but somehow my elbow was badly dislocated.
                    While I was in the ER, I had to wait for the surgeon for some time, as they were operating on a cowboy that had just been bucked off, hung up and dragged thru the brush.
                    He had a stick stuck in his brain, it was touch and go for long time.
                    Some time later, while helping with our handicapped horse therapy group we helped provide horses for, there was that cowboy, heavily disabled, but having a great time back on a horse.

                    With all we know today and can do for basic safety, I am surprised we don't have yet a more solid tradition in western riding about wearing helmets and breakaway stirrups.
                    If that only saves one rider from ending up like that cowboy did, it would be worth everyone else's breaking with old traditions when we have safer ways to do what we do, ride horses, like safer tack and headgear.


                    • #11
                      My worst nightmare, Bluey. I can't even watch that scene in "Seabiscuit."


                      • #12
                        The colt starter I’ve been working with warns me against using them with my young horse. He said it’s too hard to get your foot out fast if something goes sideways. Makes sense from what other people are saying about them fitting better in a “home” position on your foot.


                        • Original Poster

                          Heres what the BC Sulpher Oklahoma's I recieved look like .


                          • #14
                            Those seem to have more of a flat bottom?

                            Here is what oxbows around here look like:



                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                              Those seem to have more of a flat bottom?

                              Here is what oxbows around here look like:

                              Yeah, what Bluey posted is an oxbow. The other poster's photos are what I'm calling a performance/speed stirrup (barrels/pols)