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How to Measure Stirrup Irons

Updated February 21, 2017

Properly fitted tack and equipment is essential no matter what type of horse you ride or what style of riding you prefer. Things like the quality of your saddle and bridle, the fit of your riding clothes and the condition of the tack you use contribute to your safety and that of your horse. If you ride English, for instance, you need to make sure your stirrup irons fit you properly.

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  1. Place the saddle on a sturdy stand or saddle rack. Grasp the stirrup iron in one hand and pull it down to the end of the stirrup leather.

  2. Place a tape measure inside one side of the stirrup iron. Measure the distance across the bottom of the stirrup to the other side. The distance between the branches, or side bars of the stirrup, is the stirrup length.

  3. Measure the ball of your foot, across the fleshy part where your foot will be resting in the stirrup. The stirrup iron should be an inch or two wider than the widest part of your foot.

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Things You'll Need

  • Saddle stand
  • Measuring tape

About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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