English Stirrup Leathers
Stirrup leathers are straps, usually leather or synthetic nylon, that attach to the saddle and stirrups in order to give riders more stability when mounting, dismounting, and riding. In the English-style and various disciplines, English stirrup leathers tend to be either brown or black (for jumping and dressage, respectively) while also maintaining the sleek, formal, elegant look often associated with the English disciplines and events.
There are typically three different types of stirrup leathers. Traditional leathers, true to their name, are made out of leather and typically maintain their durability and appearance over time. Depending on the style of the rider, genuine leathers may stretch on one side or the other, which can become a problem over time. These stirrup leathers are easily customizable by adding holes or having them shortened, depending on the needs of the rider. These Collegiate Half-Hole Leathers are a great example of customizable, elegant stirrup leathers perfect for English disciplines
Nylon-core leathers are stirrup leathers with an internal nylon layer that helps prevent stretching. While they do prevent asymmetrical stirrup stretching, the nylon core makes them less customizable.
Synthetic stirrup leathers are more affordable than their genuine leather counterparts and are very easy to clean and maintain. Their longevity and budget-friendly cost make them desirable for beginner riders, but it is not recommended to combine synthetic leathers with a genuine leather saddle, as synthetic material can scratch the leather saddle over time. These Kincade Synthetic Leathers are a great choice for riders looking for quality, long-lasting leathers that won’t break the bank.
No matter the need, One Stop Equine Shop carries a variety of stirrup leathers for any budget or style. Check out our inventory today!