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A few years ago I was so thrilled to be offered the opportunity to try out the StretchTec Shoulder Relief Girth a couple of years ago and it quickly became my go-to girth for Spice. When I next need a girth, I will likely buy another one of these. What does that have to do with stirrup leathers? Well, recently Total Saddle Fit reached out to me to ask if I would like to review their newest product, the Stability Stirrup Leathers. With as much as I loved their girth, how could I possibly say no! I was so excited to get another innovative product from them sample and let you know what I think!
These stirrups are anything but traditional, but do the job better than I could have expected (and I am already in love with them). They have a very wide section that lays against the saddle that were designed to to give greater stability by giving a larger contact area with the saddle flap. Do they make my leg more stable? Yes, but not to an extend that they are going to fix a bad leg. You still have to work on that. They provide a bit more support and stability, but they’re not going to work miracles if you have too loose a leg! They don’t twist at all, separate or shift around too much on their own, which is fabulous and makes for a much more comfortable ride.
One thing that surprised me about them is that they absolutely disappear under your leg. I have been using Prestige leathers for years because they don’t damage my saddle and I like their flat buckle design, but I have ALWAYS felt them under my leg and had issues with comfort. When riding, I can’t feel the Stability Stirrup Leathers at all! It’s like I am riding without leathers. I worried that with the thick buffalo leather and the calfskin portion and the old style buckle that they would be bulky, but they fit very close to the saddle and I feel no extra lumps, bumps or bulges that annoy me while riding. They are supremely comfortable. The calfskin part is certainly thinner than the Prestige leathers are, and so that probably helps with the slim profile under your leg.
Bonus thing! I had a little thought when I first saw them that maybe…maybe…because they were so wide you could ride in them with paddock boots only and not get pinched since they mimic a wider western fender. Sure enough, riding in paddock boots was no problem. No pinching or discomfort at all. Highly impressed with that and how that adds versatility.
These are very attractive stirrups and look great with my buffalo leather saddle. My trainer’s first comment on them was how attractive they were…and they really are.
These stirrups cost $139.95 (which is a bit more than my previous go-to brand Prestige), but I think they’re worth the price. They should last a long time with the nylon webbing on the calf skin portion helping with stretching. My only concern for longevity is the connection between the buffalo bit and the calfskin bit. It’s already rolling a bit and I am curious exactly how long it will be until the calfskin starts to tear at the stitching there. I will update you if there’s any issues with that in the long term.
I do wish they were a hair longer. The dressage length I got was 60″ (which is their longest), and they’re slightly too short for me to put the end in my keeper on my saddle. If you’re a long legged rider, you might find these aren’t long enough for you. Or they might be! They also offer them in a jumping design (the buffalo section is shorter to work with the shorter jump flap) and in a couple of different lengths.
So far these are excellent, and I have no intention of going back to my old leathers!