- Toe stops on stirrups
Have toe stops on the stirrup so that your foot does not get caught in it. Note: There are many types of safety precautions for stirrups. Having your stirrup bar down, or a type of stirrup that allows for breakaway is a good place to start.
- Safety stirrup
The safety latch on my stirrup was too loose and gave away as I was about to mount a young horse. This spooked the horse. Be sure to tighten the screw on your safety lever to your weight so that it takes a good pull as if you had fallen and your foot was still in the stirrup.
Note: Make sure you check your tack and equipment for safety and any needed repairs on a regular basis.
- Choosing the correct stirrup
The horse tossed me and my foot stayed in the stirrup. I didn't pick the stirrup - someone else did - and it was too small and tight. Pick the right size stirrup for your feet.
Note: Always make sure you are wearing proper footwear so that your foot comes out of the stirrup easily if you are to get thrown. Also, make sure the boots fits the stirrup like you said. Most western boots won't fit in English stirrups, etc.
- Keeping your feet in stirrups
I took my feet out of my stirrups while cruising along the river bed. When I turned to look where friends were I lost my balance, dislocated my right shoulder, and broke my arm. Keep your feet in the stirrup; that is why they are there.
Note: Make sure you use riding equipment properly and have a balanced seat for the type of riding you will be engaged in. Seek professional instruction if needed.