Roper Stirrups

Roper Stirrups - 21616
Roper Stirrups - 21616
Item# ACT-21616
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Roper Stirrups


  • Rawhide Covered Roper Stirrups
  • Metal bound, wood stirrups with hand-laced rawhide cover, neck and tread. 3" neck, 3" tread, 4 3/4" width.
  • Natural Rawhide.


    A Western saddle has wide stirrups and heavy leathers.The stirrup of a western saddle is more difficult to remove or replace than the English stirrup and therefore, unless damaged, the same usually are kept on for the life of the saddle itself. The tread is mostly flat, but may be curved at the sides to some degree. The branches are wide at the bottom and narrow at the top, where they are joined by a heavy dowel of wood, or rod of metal. The Roper Stirrups leather loops under the rod and a "keeper," a strap with a buckle that wraps around the front and back of the stirrup leather, keeps the stirrup in place. Many western stirrups are made of leather-covered wood, others of steel, aluminum, or even very strong fiber-reinforced plastic.


    Roper Stirrups

    Western stirrups are designed to parallel the use intended by the design of the saddle itself; a trail riding saddle will have a wide, comfortable stirrup, a saddle for saddle bronc riding will have a narrow tread, to avoid being easily lost by the rider. A saddle for barrel racing or reining will have stirrups of a medium width, narrow enough to not be lost when a horse is moving at high speed, but with enough width to remain comfortable for a few hours. Stirrups on a saddle intended for western pleasure may be highly ornamented with silver. Stirrups on saddles used by people who use horses for hunting game in the forest are sometimes made of blaze orange for visibility to other hunters, and, because much big game hunting in the American West takes place late in the year when it is very cold, some "winter boot" designs are deliberately made extra large with an especially smooth bottom so that a person can wear heavy winter boots with a raised tread without as much risk of getting them caught up in the stirrup.

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