Safety stirrups have become more and more popular in the recent years. After all, falling off and getting caught in your stirrups is a real risk, no matter your experience level or the horse you are riding. Just like a helmet, safety stirrups protect you and make riding as safe as possible. Even professional riders use these stirrups, and for a very good reason.
Professionals understand all risks involved in horseback riding
When you ride horses professionally, often multiple horses per day, you understand and assume all the risks that are involved in the sport. Especially showjumpers and eventers have to be prepared and use all the possible safety measures, that include, for instance:
- A helmet
- Safety stirrups
- A safety vest
It does not matter how long you have been riding or how experienced you are. At the end of the day, accidents happen and sometimes, it is no one’s fault. Your horse might trip and fall, or you might lose your balance.
A helmet will protect your head, while a safety vest protects your neck, spine, and ribs. Additionally, safety stirrups ensure that should you fall off, you will not get caught in your stirrups and dragged behind the horse.
Choose your stirrups wisely
Regardless of your discipline, you should always have safety stirrups when you ride horses. However, there are multiple stirrups on the market at the moment, each with their own unique features.
What you need to pay attention to as a customer, are the features you need specifically. For instance, a dressage rider might want to choose flexible joint safety stirrups, while a showjumper might opt-in for hinge release system, or magnetic safety stirrups.
Remember to take into account at least the following:
- The safety release system
- Material of the stirrups
- Other customer reviews
The safety release system can differ a lot depending on the brand and the type of stirrups you are looking for. Pay attention to different features and see which ones work for you. Also, take the material into account: for instance, plastic stirrups might be nice and light, but they also break easier.
In addition, your budget plays a big role. The bigger your budget, the more you can invest. However, you should always keep in mind that you get what you pay for.
Ophena magnetic safety stirrups - order online
Ophena has created two magnetic safety stirrups: Ophena S and Ophena T. They both feature a magnetic connection, an open side, a foot stopper, beautiful design, and Smart Attach -system. Our stirrups have received amazing reviews from our customers, and are even used by professionals and semi-professionals around Europe and the United States.
If you have not yet ordered your stirrups, you can do so today. Just choose your stirrups, add your shoe size (for magnetic insoles), and add it to the cart. Your stirrups will be delivered to your mailbox.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.