lower leg in a more forward position, it is usually more comfortable to utilise traditionally designed stirrup leathers.
Correctly placing the sleeve onto the Bates Stock Stirrup Leathers
- Start with the stirrup leathers completely unfolded and the sleeve separate.
- Thread the pointed end of the stirrup leathers through the sleeve, with both logos facing toward you.
- Run the sleeve all the way up the stirrup leathers to just below the buckle.
- Thread the pointed end of the stirrup leather through the eye of the stirrup iron with the logo facing down.
- Pull the pointed end of the stirrup leather through the eye and bring it up through the sleeve and behind the buckle.
- Secure the buckle at the desired length.
- Pull the pointed end of the stirrup leathers through the buckle and down through the sleeve.
- Both logos should now be visible once more.
- Loosely hold the top of the stirrup leathers, behind the buckle.
- As there is a lot of leather to pull down, it is easier at this stage to use your hand as a temporary stirrup bar than to put the leathers onto your saddle’s stirrup bar.
- Pull the buckle down toward your stirrup iron.
- The sleeve should now be snug against the iron with the buckle sitting just above the sleeve.
- If the eye on your stirrup iron is big enough, thread the excess through the eye once more. Alternatively, fold the excess under the top of the stirrup iron.
- To finish, tuck the remaining length back up through the sleeve to secure.
- From here, you can attach the stirrup leathers to your saddle and make any further adjustments to length as required, using the steps above.