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You may be riding leisurely on a pasture or through rugged terrain. In a fun and safe ride, the proper tack plays an important role. Stirrups are so small that we often overlook them.

Riding a horse carries risks. When an accident occurs, a rider’s foot may get stuck in the stirrups. However, safety stirrups prevent this and eliminate the risk. Good stirrups make a big difference in your riding and improve your riding experience.

During a ride, stirrups keep you comfortable for hours and protect your feet in the event of a fall. There are numerous brands and styles on the market, and LumBuy has picked out the top-performing stirrups to give you a perfect riding experience!


A stirrup, also known as a horse stirrup, saddle stirrup, is a lightweight frame or ring that holds the rider's feet in place. They are attached to the saddle by a strap, often called stirrup leather. Stirrups were usually made in pairs and were used to aid in riding. They allow the rider to control the mount easily.

The first foot support appeared in India in the 2nd century B.C. At that time, riders used a simple toe ring or belts. Later, people used single stirrups, and paired stirrups appeared after the invention of the saddle tree.

In China, stirrups appeared in the first few centuries B.C. and may have spread westward. Pairs of stirrups are said to have appeared in China during the Jin Dynasty and spread to Europe during the Middle Ages.

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Some scholars believe that the Sarmatians were the first to design stirrups in the first century B.C.

No one knows who invented the stirrups or even where in Asia the inventor lived. It is very controversial among scholars.

If you are short, we recommend 48 to 52-inch stirrup leathers. For taller riders, a 56-inch stirrup leather works best.

The average length of dressage stirrups leather is generally 60 inches. A 56 or 58-inch stirrup leather should work for you if you are short.

Freejump stirrup can be used with any regular stirrup leather. Freejump leather does have some benefits. It is easy to take off the stirrups.

  • What will you need?
A stirrup (to determine your size)

Fleece material


Sewing machine

Sewing thread



  • Make the stirrup cover
Fold the fleece material in half and place the stirrup in the fold. Cut the appropriate material for the size of the stirrup.

Repeat the cutting for the second stirrup.

Then place the stirrup over the material again so that it is centered. If there is excess material, remove it.

It is unnecessary to leave 5 inches on each side, or your stirrup set will be too large.

Sew around the inside of the stirrup cover. (Turn the stirrup cover inside out)

Now, if you like to sew, pin the stirrup cover-up.

  • Sewing Fleece Fabric
Place the stirrup cover on your sewing machine and start sewing on one side. About 1 inch from the edge.

Stop about 1.5" to 2" from the top. Create a tunnel with the ribbon running through it.

At the top, fold the top edge of one side inward and sew around the bottommost edge. Try to get as close to the bottom of the material as possible, so the ribbon goes through easily.

Fold and sew the other top side in the same manner.

  • Step 1
Hunt Seat: Measure the length of your arms from the tips of your fingers to your armpits.

Dressage: Measure the length from your ankle bone to the inside of your leg.

  • Step 2
Double the measurement

  • Step 3
Hunting Horse: add a few inches

Dressage: add 6-8 inches

The height of the stirrup iron will add 6-8 inches to the total length. This measurement technique is only a guideline, and you should adjust it to suit the individual.

  • For general riding
The stirrups are ankle length.

The stirrup bars should be level with your ankles.

  • For jumping
It is best to use stirrups that are slightly shorter so that you can concentrate your weight on your heels and make it safer when crossing fences. If the stirrups are too long, your legs slide backward as you go over the jumping fence.

Generally, two holes shorter than the "general riding" length.

The price of Western stirrups depends on the material and design and ranges from $30 to $250. Stirrups are available in aluminum, wood, silver, metal, or western carved styles.

  • Stirrup Size
Size is all-important. If the stirrups are too small, there is a chance that your foot will get stuck when you fall off the horse. Space the sides of the boot and the edge of the stirrup iron half an inch apart.

  • Safety stirrups
Safety stirrups are especially suitable for beginners and can prevent severe injuries to horse riders. Your feet will not get stuck when you fall off the horse.

  • Stirrup weight
The weight of the stirrups is also essential, especially in horse racing and endurance races where horses must travel long distances and at high speeds.

  • Design
Some stirrups are designed to relieve tension and pain in the hips, knees, and ankles for riders who suffer from pain. In addition, the grip of the base keeps the rider's feet safe and prevents slipping.

  • Price
This depends on the individual's budget. It is not uncommon for a pair of stirrups to cost £100-£200 or more.

Most stirrups will last for many years. If they allow you to ride comfortably and safely, they are well worth the price.

The stirrup irons are one inch wider than the width of the boot at the ball of the foot. When you put on your stirrups, there is a half-inch of space on either side.

Riders participating in equestrian competitions such as show jumping, cross country, dressage should use safety stirrups.

Magnetic safety stirrups help to improve your balance and are recommended for all horse riders. The safety stirrups help you maintain balance and control the horse during riding. Also, in the event of a fall, the stirrups will automatically disengage when your weight is applied to them.

The standard width is 3 inches.