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Unlocking the Secrets of Stirrups & Leathers: Your Ultimate Guide to Equestrian Excellence

Embarking on a horse riding journey, but confused about the world of Stirrups & Leathers? You’ve galloped to the right place! At Just Horse Riders, we equip you with everything you need to know about choosing and using these equestrian essentials.

How do I choose a stirrup?

When it comes to quality Equestrian Stirrups, it’s essential to consider factors such as your riding style, the stirrup's material, and comfort level. For example, our popular Shires Blenheim Stirrup Leathers offer an ideal blend of style, comfort, and durability.

What stirrups help with joint pain?

If joint pain is raining on your riding parade, don't worry! Some stirrups are designed to alleviate joint stress. The Shires Compositi Premium Profile Stirrups, for instance, are not only lightweight but also offer a reinforced grip, providing a comfortable ride for those experiencing joint pain. As one of our satisfied customers put it, they "do exactly what they say on the tin."

What do stirrups do in horse riding?

Ask any professional horse rider, and they'll tell you - stirrups are more than just a fancy equestrian accessory. They are a crucial part of the rider's balance and control system, offering support and aiding in effective communication with the horse. For instance, the Horsena Swap Stirrups, designed with high-quality materials, ensure comfort and safety during the ride.

Is it harder to ride without stirrups?

Initially, riding without stirrups may feel like trying to text with mittens on. It's challenging, yes, but it's not impossible and the benefits are numerous. It helps develop your balance, strengthens your core, and ultimately, turns you into a more adaptable rider. Remember, all good things start outside your comfort zone!

Why do my feet come out of stirrups when cantering?

If your feet are playing hide and seek during cantering, it could be due to a few reasons. Your stirrup length might not be optimal, your boots could be too smooth, or you might be involuntarily lifting your heels. Trying a pair of Shires Stirrup Irons with Metal Tread could be a game-changer for you. Their high grip metal tread can help keep your foot secure.

Why do people trot without stirrups?

Trotting without stirrups is not just an equestrian rite of passage; it's also a fantastic exercise for developing balance, strengthening leg muscles, and improving your overall riding posture. So, why not give it a go? Just make sure you’re in a safe environment and perhaps under supervision if you’re new to this.

How can I improve my riding without stirrups?

Stirrup-less riding can be quite challenging but incredibly rewarding. It enhances your balance and strengthens your core. Start slow, gradually increasing your stirrup-less riding time. And remember, it's not a race - take your time and enjoy the journey!


And there you have it! Your essential guide to the world of Stirrups & Leathers. Whether you're looking for a way to alleviate joint pain or just wanting to improve your riding skills, the right stirrups and leathers can make a world of difference. Ready to elevate your equestrian journey? Gallop over to our Stirrups & Leathers collection and find your perfect pair today!

We have a great video on the different types of safety stirrups and how they work

Safety Stirrups: How do they work?