An important attribute: irreplaceable stirrups

It is believed that people owe the appearance of the first stirrups to the Indians of the 2nd century AD. Side straps with small rings at the lower ends were apparently adapted to the saddle design for the first time - the design helped the rider when landing on the horse.

Stirrups are intended to assist the rider in getting on the horse and as an additional support during the ride, but it is not a necessary attribute for its successful implementation. In some cases, with improper use or poor quality, it can cause injury and even death of the rider.

Some novice riders are tormented by the question of whether magnetic safety stirrups are really necessary. Many are more comfortable without them, some are afraid to get confused in them, and you also need to watch out so as not to lose them.

The shape of stirrups can be very diverse - straight (normal), round, beveled (one bow is almost straight, and the other is standard), pear-shaped, with beveled arcs, etc.

Safety stirrups are a whole category of models designed to unfasten in a dangerous situation when a leg gets stuck in them. They can be with an elastic band that unfastens in the event of a rider's fall, with a tourniquet, with rubber rings, with a fastener that folds out from the outside, with a curved outer bow in the shape of the letter S, etc. Their advantage is that they are easily unbuttoned when falling or when boarding a horse, if the leg is stuck in the stirrup and the horse starts to run.

Today manufacturers offer stirrups for every taste. You can find your favorite model, material, construction, color and design (for example, stirrups with gold plated or decorated with Swarovski crystals). The choice is limited only by your imagination and budget.

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