Tack information

Horse tack information

What size stirrup irons should I buy?

Call to your local tack shop wearing your riding boots and place your foot inside the iron and allow for ½-inch clearance on either side.

Horse Riding for beginners

Very important tack information.

You must buy the correct stirrup size for safety.

If the stirrup irons are too tight and the rider falls off, there is a very high risk of the rider’s foot getting jammed in the iron and being dragged along the ground.

How do I know this, because sadly I have seen this happen in a show jumping class when a child fell and got dragged due to the irons being the wrong size.

If the stirrup irons are too large, the rider’s foot can slip right through the iron and again runs the risk of being dragged.

Stirrup leathers should be strong and sturdy and made of good quality leather, or synthetic. 

Peacock safety stirrup irons

These stirrup irons are recommended for children and adults up to 8 ½ stone in weight.

They have a thick rubber band attached to the bottom of the outside of the iron, by means of a leather strap.

If you take a tumble, the band will pull away from the hook releasing the foot.

It is important to remember that the band must sit on the outside of the foot in order to be effective.

Basic stirrup irons

The Should be made of stainless steel and used for every day riding available in different sizes.

Kournakoff stirrup irons

These stirrup irons are designed to encourage the ball of the foot to be higher than the heel.

Some people find these irons uncomfortable with the tread sloping upwards and the eye offset to the inside for the leathers to pass through.

Australian simplex iron

These are also known as “bent irons”, designed with an s bend on the outside so the foot cannot get caught in a fall.

Turned eye

The open eye is at a right angle to the iron, so lying at a right angle against the saddle.

Designed to assist the rider who finds it difficult to keep the foot in the stirrup irons.

MDC irons

Known as intelligent irons with a fillis iron, which boasts a rotating top, which the rider is able to fix in three different positions.

Sprenger irons

These offer more security with quick release action. Designed to absorb concussion, improving flexibility.

It also relieves tension in the rider’s calves, ankles and knees.

Bent top stirrup irons

These are similar to the Australian simplex irons.

The top of the irons is bent and sloping away from the boot.

These irons are recommended for riders that tend to keep their feet further forward than usual position.

This design of iron will prevent pressure on the front of the ankle for these riders.

Caged stirrups

Designed for endurance riding.

These stirrups are enclosed to prevent the foot from sliding through.

The caged stirrup allows the rider to wear a more comfortable shoe that has no heel such as a trainer, allowing the rider to jump off and run along side the horse when required.

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