Documented Draggings Prevented
STI Horse Saftey Stirrups Work!
"Daughter came off safely, got the horse up without it actually rolling over onto the saddle, and we thought nothing more of the incident until she started to get back on and the stirrup was missing on the side she came off of. It gives me chills to think that her foot was in a position to be dragged or else the stirrup would not have released. Thank you. A million times... thank you."
"I was chasing a steer down hill, standing in the stirrups, swinging my rope, trying to get close enough for a shot, when the horse dropped his head and went to bucking. I couldn't get his head up and got pitched off the far side. My right foot got hung up in the stirrup, but about the time I hit the ground the stirrup released and kept me from being drug.
"As soon as I hit the ground, I knew that my right leg was injured. The horse jumped to his feet and started running off with my foot still in the stirrup. As soon as the horse made his first step to run, the stirrup blew off. That is when I realized that the miracle had happened, the stirrup came off."
"I treat them just like I do seat belts in my car. The car doesn't move without seatbelts fastened. Same goes for me and mine horseback. We don't move without our breakaway stirrups. To do otherwise would be unthinkable."
-C. Lewis Evins
Scott City, KS
"My son insists on riding western and I am concerned about his safety as I have been knocked out and dragged in a western saddle even though I was wearing cowboy boots and had tapaderos on the stirrups."
"...Last fall we had our first mishap when one of our horses, spooked by wildlife, parted company with his rider. I was directly behind this horse and witnessed your stirrup breaking away even before the rider hit the ground. Other than being a little shaken, the rider was fine. The paint gelding involved is gentle, well mannered and well acclimated to his environment, again proving that any horse can spook at any given time.
Bottom line, your stirrups, when put to the test, worked as advertised. An occurrence that could have been very serious turned out to be rather uneventful, thanks in part to your stirrups."
"...I ordered a second pair of stirrups and now both my wife and I ride in STI stirrups and we show them to people who never have seen anything like them. Frankly, I wouldn't ride any horse without STI stirrups. They do cost more [than] other types of safety stirrups, but I feel if they never have to breakaway to save one of us, I still won't regret buying them."
"Tomorrow I get my cast off and put into a brace - was bucked off my 2 yr old colt, hung up in the left stirrup, broke my ankle and 5 screws put in to put it back together. So far the bills are over $7600 and we haven't gotten anything from the doctor yet. Ugh. Will see if I'm going to be able to ride again..."
-Bud Burnett, Roundup, MT was practicing roping a dummy on a colt, and rode up to take the rope off the dummy. When he bent down, the colt ducked out from under him. The stirrup hit the ground before he did. He said, "The stirrups worked" and he ordered two more pairs.
-Jeff Diercks, former PRCA bull rider from Billings, MT was on a hunting trip up in the mountains wearing packs. When he stepped on his horse, with one foot in the stirrup, his horse shied about 10 feet to the side, stretching his leg out to full length. The stirrup released and when his foot hit the ground, the stirrup was still around his foot, detached from the saddle. His comment was "Tell 'em they work!"
-Sandy Jacobs, Billings, MT was trailing cattle and, as usual, "the cows weren't going where they were supposed to." She set off at a lope. An irrigation ditch abruptly appeared in front of her. As she went to check the horse, it fell. Her stirrups broke away and she fell free as the horse rolled virtually upside down in the ditch. It took a truck to pull the horse over to where he could climb out, uninjured, and back on his feet. If the stirrups hadn't come free, "my leg would have been stuck right underneath him," she says.