Safety stirrups are designed to free your foot in a fall so your foot doesn’t get trapped. (This can cause pulling.) Most designs have a “pull-out feature” on the side or top of the stirrup that is activated by the rider’s weight to release your foot in the event of a fall.
Although designed to prevent dragging after a fall, safety stirrups with hooks and elastics are not safe for general use. Drivers don’t fall every time they drive, they get off every time they drive. Dismounting over a safety stirrup poses an unacceptable risk of injury every time.
By allowing your foot to come off faster, they can help reduce the chance of your foot getting pinched and potentially pulled off the horse – understandably one of a rider’s biggest fears. Safety stirrups should be a must-have accessory for every level of rider.
These stirrups have an anatomical footbed that offers a high level of comfort, support and stability while helping you avoid losing your stirrups. The smart release mechanism with a flexible arch allows your foot to deviate in all directions in the event of a fall before automatically returning to its original position.
The adult safety stirrups are curved legs with the curve on the outside of the iron and facing forward. It is only when they are put on correctly that the foot can easily come out of the stirrup in an emergency.
In many cases, stirrups do not have a front or back. The Acavallo Safety stirrups are offset, meaning one side of the footbed is longer than the other. In this case you want the wider part to go to the back. This is purposely designed to help you keep your heels down.
Flexi stirrups are the best selling stirrups at Townfields Saddlers. Features flexible side arms to support the riding position and provide leg aids to the horse. The flexi stirrup can feel a little less stiff than the regular stirrup iron, making it more forgiving of human joints.
With its Safe-On stirrups, Flex-On has combined all the benefits that riders are looking for in a premium stirrup, while helping to improve rider safety at all levels.< /p>
Flex-On stirrups are available in a range of colors with a revolutionary shock absorption system. Flex-On stirrups are designed to provide the highest level of shock absorption. The innovative elastomers under the tread help to reduce the physical strain on the driver and thus prevent fatigue and injuries.
1 and FEI Para Dressage Rules Article 8428.1. 1.2 that safety stirrups with an open branch (similar to those pictured below) are permitted for use at FEI Dressage and FEI Para-Dressage competitions in 2019. This is proposed as a rule change for 2020.
As already mentioned, the stirrups have a flexible outer leg made of Elastollan®. This helps free the foot in the event of a fall. Secondly, the stirrups bend at the bottom inner bend of the stirrups. As a result, the stirrups not only absorb the shocks that get into the rider’s ankles and knees.
Royal Rider stirrup ambassador McLain Ward says the Royal Rider Sport Flex stirrups are ideal for show jumping. “They have stainless steel cables in the stirrup body covered in technical rubber, which allows for flexibility; they have a nice wide, ergonomic arch,” he explains.
During use, the R and L marks should face the driver. When placing the stirrups on the saddle, the opening section must face outwards. During use, the opening portion must never be directed against the horse’s ribs.
Lift the small leather tab on the side of your saddle to find the stirrup. Slide the stirrup leather onto the bar. Make sure the buckle of the stirrup leather is facing you and the additional leather strap is hanging towards the ground.