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Lynn Palm ~ Palm Partnership Training November Tip of the Month

Safety Tip – English Stirrups

For your safety, always keep stirrups organized on your English saddle. First, make sure you have a stirrup pad in your English stirrup. Without the pad your feet can slip too easily against the stirrup metal which is extremely unsafe.

Unlike the security of western stirrup attached to a wide leather fender, an English stirrup is able to move around a lot because it hangs from a thin stirrup leather. To prevent the stirrup from banging your horse’s sides and getting caught on something you’ll want to secure the stirrup on the saddle. Do this by sliding the stirrup up the back of the leather that is closest to the saddle until the stirrup rests against the stirrup bar. Then take the leather and tuck it through the front of the stirrup opening so it rests behind the stirrup’s back.

Organizing the stirrup and leather this way will keep it locked in and secure.

Take the stirrup leather down only when you’re ready to mount. When you dismount immediately run the stirrup up the leather. Keeping your stirrups organized will help keep you and your horse safe every time you ride!


Cyril Pittion-Rossillon and Lynn Palm partnered with Forestier, one of the oldest and most respected saddle makers in France, to create the Alliance Saddle line. The Alliance line of hunter and dressage saddles are especially designed to fit stock horse breeds such as Quarter Horses and Paints. The Alliance line also includes a cross training model to fit horses with higher and more narrow withers such as thoroughbreds. A saddle fitting service is available to ensure an excellent fit for you and your horse. For more information visit http://www.lynnpalm.com , e-mail cyrilmi4@aol.com , generalinfo@lynnpalm.com , or phone 800-503-2824.

PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING ™ is a world class international education center with Equestrian Facilities at Fox Grove Farm, Ocala, FL, and Royal Palm Ranch, Bessemer, MI. Palm Partnership Training ™ Equestrian Facilities provide training for competition and recreational horses and riders. Palm Partnership Training ™ hosts Hunt Seat, Dressage, and Western equestrian clinics throughout the year as well as offer premier horse and rider training products and equipment


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