Documented Draggings Prevented
STI Horse Saftey Stirrups Work!
This stirrup will look and ride like any other stirrup. The stirrup fits conveniently in your stirrup leather just like any other stirrup would. The mechanism hides conveniently in the stirrup leathers, so no one will be able to tell the difference between this stirrup, and one that might drag you. This stirrup won't impede proper horsemanship, it may in fact give you the confidence to improve your horsemanship.
These stirrups have given many of our customers the confidence to ride in proper balance with their horse, and the ability to enjoy riding again.
Another advantage of this stirrup is what we like to call the torsion pressure feature. It takes 8 lbs. of torsion pressure to move the springs inside of the mechanism and rotate the stirrup. Most conventional stirrups will swing freely at the end of the stirrup leather. STI's stirrup will not swing as freely, and offer a rider more stability in a stirrup. In our research most buckoffs or fall offs are started when a rider "blows a stirrup", that is, their foot slips out of the stirrup. Once you've "blown" a conventional stirrup the stirrup will generally swing forward and be hard to regain putting the rider out of balance, or swing backward allowing the rider to put their whole foot through the stirrup. Our stirrups do not swing as easily and should prevent about 70% of stirrup blowouts. But if you do blow a stirrup riding a colt for instance, STI's stirrup will be at the end of the stirrup leather and easy to get back into in a bind. Tim Feland, a PRCA calf roper, actually thinks he's quicker on his dismount because of this torsion pressure feature. The stirrup stays at the end of the stirrup leather, and allows him to get out easy when he has to, saving him a few tenths.
As with any tack, its a good idea to become familiar with this mechanism, how it works, and how to reload it.
1. Once the mechanism is installed, place Velcro wrap behind mechanism as shown. With "loop" (fuzzy) side of the Velcro toward the inside and "hook" (course) side of the Velcro to the outside. This will help protect the Velcro band from the elements common to horseback riding.
As with any precision safety product, testing and maintenance should be done on this stirrup just to make sure it is working properly. Maintenance of this product is very easy, and we recommend doing it once a year like when you're cleaning your saddle.