safe are my riding boots for riding?
time I look at riding footwear on offer, I am amazed by the lack
of thought given by the manufacturer of the needs to the rider whilst
in the saddle. Almost all boots are designed for use on the ground
one example is how little attention and importance is placed on
the width of boots in relation to the width of stirrup irons.
Because the chunkier look has become more fashionable, many people
now ride with boots that are too wide for their standard stirrup
irons. Few footwear designers are horse riders and therefore stirrup
iron widths are unlikely to have been taken into consideration.
do happen, like it or not and in order to avoid the rider becoming
trapped in the stirrup iron, it is essential that there should be
enough space for the foot to dislodge itself.
one is in the saddle the foot is positioned at an angle in the stirrup
iron. For this reason the width occupied in the stirrup iron by
a riding boot will be the widest width of the boot + an additional
order to avoid the risk of the foot becoming trapped, it is advisable
that the gaps on both sides of the boot should be at least 1 inch
width boot with 5" stirrup
wide boot with 5" stirrup
cannot be relied upon that a consumer is aware of the consequences
of purchasing a boot wider than normal and when selling for example
a boot which is 4 ½ inch wide, for safety reasons, a retailer
should make the customer aware that it may be necessary to upgrade
his stirrup irons to a wider width.
riding boots have always considered the safety of riders to be a
priority and this problem was taken into account when designing
our range of Hoof Proof riding boots. Although all our boots have
steel toe caps, we have designed to a be used safely with standard
width 4 ½ or 5 inch stirrup irons (dependent on size of the