Endorsements of Breakaway Stirrups
from Saddle Technology Inc.
WESTERN AG REPORTER
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Be safe & save-money, too!
Safety programs offer insurance discounts
STI (www.breakawaystirrups.com) recently learned that the Montana State Fund, the workman's comp in Montana, is offering a 4% discount for ranches, including dude and guest ranches, that implement a safety program.
STI's breakaway stirrups are recognized in this safety program. After 20 years and 217 documented draggings prevented, breakaway stirrups will now be part of a broadstrearn safety program. These stirrups have proven their reliability and effec-tiveness in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries.
Read the entire article of the Western Ag Reporter
Tim Feland, PRCA Calf Roper
PRCA cowboy Tim Feland, former, 2006 Old Timers tie-downroping World Champion, has been riding our stirrups since about 1989. Tim thinks he's quicker on his dismounts because of the torsion-pressure feature of our stirrups. It stabilizes the stirrup better, so it's easier for him to clear the stirrups on the dismount. Tim has lost a good friend to a dragging before, so he also knows the importance of riding with breakaway stirrups.
Leslie Desmond is a horse trainer and clinician from Great Barrington, MA. She instructs Western and English classes, and has developed a remarkable "horsemanship through feel". She has trained horses and their riders throughout the U.S. and Europe. She says "Your horse can be your best partner, but still, it's a horse. They do fall, and they do become afraid once in a while. No matter how well they are schooled, horses can and do buck and run off hard after they step in a hornet's nest. That's just one example, and that's what is meant when you hear people say, "things don't always go as planned." It's true. They don't. Safety stirrups from STI are exceptionally well designed to cut you loose in a fall. There is no chance of a dragging accident with these on your saddle. My students use them, and as a result, they ride with courage that a fearful rider would never experience. The fear of falling is something you can overcome by improving your skills. The reality of a dragging cannot be eliminated unless you set yourself up to succeed in a worse-case scenario by getting a pair of these. Get a set for yourself. Get a set for your sweetheart and another one to outfit your guest saddle, too. Then go for it. That's my advice."
- Leslie Desmond
5 Time SRA All Around Champion, IPRA Breakaway Roping Champion Traci Morris says "Had I only known about these stirrups before my barrel racing accident. My horse fell at the first barrel. My left foot, in the stirrup came over his right side in front of my saddle and hung me to the horse. He drug me underneath him as he was running toward the alleyway. They tried to shut the arena gate, but he beat them through it. My head struck the steel gate, jerking my foot out of my boot freeing me from the horse. The injuries I sustained were devastating; two skull fractures, three facial fractures, first digit of middle finger amputated, dislocated right elbow and multiple bruising. People tell me I'm lucky to be alive, I say I'm blessed. I'm an experienced rider and this was a freak accident that nearly killed me, so now I only ride with my safety stirrups."
STI's breakaway stirrups are ridden by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Calgary
American Association for Horsemanship Safety
Colorado Cattle Feeders Association
Kansas Livestock Association