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Did Romans use stirrups?
There has been a lot of talk about the invention and use of stirrups in warfare. In fact, such a simple invention such as stirrups are the reason why certain armies became successful and conquered many countries and areas. But...
Did Mongols use stirrups?
It has been said many times that one simple technological advancement revolutionized warfare around the 1200's. That simple invention was called the stirrup. Prior to the invention of the stirrup, soldiers had to balance on the horse without any extra...
Do spurs hurt the horse?
Many more experienced riders choose to use spurs when riding. Spurs are a metal tool designed to wear around the heel of a riding boot. They are used as an aid to direct the horse, much like a riding crop....
Can you show in Ophena stirrups?
Ophena magnetic safety stirrups have become well-known in the equestrian world. When Ophena was founded, the purpose was to design safety stirrups with ultimate safety features, while keeping the design beautiful and esthetically pleasing. Our customers love our magnetic safety...
When and where was the stirrup invented?
Stirrups are one of the most essential parts of your tack as a rider. They provide you with support and help you to balance better. In fact, if you have ever ridden without stirrups during your lesson or for fun,...
When were stirrups first used in England?
Did you know that stirrups are thought to be one of the most significant inventions of medieval Europe? Funny enough, stirrups had been invented in other parts of the world way earlier, but it took until the medieval period until they...
What kind of a saddle pad can I have at horse shows?
Going to horse shows is important to many riders. In fact, horse shows can be an excellent way to bring something new into your training and figure out what you need to work on. They will also allow you to...
Can safety stirrups be beautiful and safe?
As equestrians, we have to pay attention to safety at all times. After all, horses are always unpredictable and accidents happen. In order to avoid accidents and injuries, we have to make sure to take proper safety precautions. This includes,...
How to pack and prepare your tack for horse shows - remember safety stirrups
Horse show season is at its best and many have signed up for multiple horse shows. Attending shows is always exciting because you will get to test your skills and the level of you and your horse. Horse shows give...
Keep your saddle pad clean with these instructions
Every equestrian owns a few good saddle pads. At the end of the day, we need to change them constantly to make sure our horse's skin does not get rashes or start itching. Also, a clean saddle pad simply looks...
Buy the best safety stirrups - try them for yourself first
Riding horses is a risky sport. That is why it is very important to always wear the required safety gear. For instance, a helmet, boots, and safety stirrups. It does not matter how good of a rider you are, how...
How do you know when it is time to buy new safety stirrups?
All of us equestrians need to update our tack on a regular basis. After all, nothing lasts forever. No matter how much money you spend on your tack, eventually, all the wear and tear will require you to go out with...
A matching saddle pad will make you ready for horse shows
When horse show season is upon us, many buy new tack to look their best at shows. In fact, many riders love to match their saddle pad, wraps, boots, pants, and jackets and get creative with it. Nowadays, you can...
How to find the right saddle pad
Every horse needs a good saddle pad (or a few of them), no matter what your discipline is. The purpose of a saddle pad is to protect your horse's skin and make the saddle sit more comfortably on their back....
How to keep your saddle pads in great condition - best tips!
It is every equestrian's responsibility to take care of their tack. Saddles, bridles, wraps, and saddle pads need to be washed and cleaned on a regular basis. Also, you need to make sure that all the tack is in good...
How to care for your brand new saddle pad?
Saddle pads are an important part of every rider's tack. They protect the horse's back from rubbing and scratches, and they simply make the saddle feel better against the horse's back. In fact, most riders own a bunch of saddle...
How to choose a saddle pad for your horse?
Using a saddle pad is a must for all equestrians. The purpose of the saddle pad is to protect the horse's skin from unnecessary pressure, rash, scratches, and discomfort. Even if you have a saddle that has been custom-made for...
Ophena saddle pad - now available!
Ophena magnetic safety stirrups have become extremely popular within Europe and the United States. In fact, many showjumpers, eventers, and dressage riders have fallen in love with our magnetic stirrups, as they provide absolute safety with innovative features. And they...
Should I get Ophena S or Ophena T magnetic safety stirrups?
If you have already had a chance to browse our magnetic safety stirrups, you may have notices that we carry two different ones. At this point, you may be wondering which ones you should get. We have our most sold...
Get Ophena S or Ophena T magnetic safety stirrups for the summer
Every now and then, we have to update our tack. Sometimes, we have to throw out the old tack and buy new ones. After all, all tack should be checked regularly for wear and tear. In our sport, worn-out tack...
New stirrups for the show season - buy stirrups online
When the show season takes over, many riders sign up for shows to test their skills and to bring more variety to their training. Going to horse shows is fun, and it gives a chance for riders to challenge themselves...