The design of stirrup irons has advanced considerably in recent years and now we have a wide range of choice from bright colours to innovative new quick release systems.

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Nowadays there are so many different types of stirrups available on the market, from traditional steel ones to ultra-lightweight, coloured ones. Regardless of which ones you prefer the look of, the best stirrup irons are ones that fit your foot – you must be able to fit a small finger or roughly 1/2″ either side of your boot when positioned in the iron.

For example, a 3.5″ wide foot with boots will need a 4.5″ stirrup. A lightweight stirrup is less weight for your horse to carry, but some people prefer a slightly heavier stirrup for greater stability. A good grip will prevent your foot from sliding around while a curved shape or quick release method allows your foot to be released in a fall. Stirrups with balancing or shock-absorbing systems enhance comfort and are softer on your joints.

Felix Buhler Performance stirrups

Best stirrup irons: Felix Buhler Performance stirrups
These stirrups are lightweight as they are made of aluminium and covered with a metallic varnish. There is a 7 cm wide grip tread and they come in blue, champagne, light green, pink and silver.
RRP: £39.90
Visit: www.kramer.co.uk

BR Venice stirrups

Best stirrup irons: BR Venice stirrups
These adult safety stirrups for are made of lightweight aluminium and feature a revolutionary magnetic safety mechanism on the side of the stirrup. The weight of the rider will open the magnetic clasp and release your foot sideways in the event of a fall.
RRP: £214.95
Visit: br.nl
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Sprenger Bow Balance stirrups

Best stirrup irons: Sprenger Bow Balance stirrups
This pair of stirrups aim to improve your performance with an innovative foot balancing system, enhanced security and comfort. This is due to their four-directional pivot, while the wide tread aids balance.
RRP: £196
Visit: sprenger-uk.shptron.com
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Makebe Jump Wave stirrup

Best stirrup irons: Makebe Jump Wave stirrup

This strong but light aluminium stirrup has been specially treated to preserve its gloss and colour stability. It is made with a slight incline and an innovative grip that makes it both comfortable to use and easy to clean.
RRP: £147 or £102.90 (saving 30%) to Harry Hall One Club members
Visitwww.harryhall.com
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Equiline S1 Safety First stirrups

Best stirrup irons: Equiline S1 Safety First stirrups
These stirrups have a unique safety design in which the outer arms move both outwards and in a circle to release the rider’s foot in a fall, and can then be re-set to the original position. The shock-absorbing plates and rolling grips ensure optimum rider comfort and performance.
RRP: £390.00
Visit: www.equiport.co.uk

Equitaly stirrup irons

Best stirrup irons: Equitaly stirrup irons
Made from lightweight aluminium, these well balanced stirrup irons are designed to provide maximum comfort and stability to riders. Available in a range of colours and interchangeable treads to support riders in every discipline.
RRP: £160
Visit: www.albionsaddlemakers.co.uk
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Aluminium Icelandic stirrups

Best stirrups irons: Aluminium Icelandic stirrups
These lightweight stirrups are curved on both sides with a 90° top eyelet to give your foot freedom but also security. These stirrups fit a large boot well.
RRP: £15.90
Visit: www.kramer.co.uk

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