Stirrup Sizing?!

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  1. CautionWetPaint

    CautionWetPaint Senior Member

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    I am looking to buy a new pair of stirrups for my English saddle, but did not realize there are different sizes??? What is the most common size? The ones I'm looking at are: 4 1/4, 4 1/2, 4 3/4. So i know not much different, but do the sizes make much of a difference?
     
  2. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    The correct size ensures you're boots/shoes don't get stuck in the irons. I would go with 4.5" as I believe it is most common. Then if you have tiny narrow shoes/boots/feet you can choose to go down, or the reverse.
     
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    emali06 Senior Member

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    measure the width of your boot you wear most often, add 1/2 inch.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    Exactly what emali said. Measure and add half an inch.
     
  5. Baboo

    Baboo Senior Member

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    Generally, an adult stirrup size is 4.75" (12 cm), with 4.5" if you have smaller (narrower) feet. You can get 5" as well, which works with winter boots for many people.
     
  6. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    I’ve never needed more than 4.5”, even with my big winter boots.
     
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    Baboo Senior Member

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    I'm going by retail standards provided by stirrup manufacturers, which recommends 1/2" on either side of the foot generally. Most adults used 4.75"; some used 4.5". I wear a 9.5 or 10 shoe, and anything less than 12 cm would be too small to safely allow my foot to escape. Children typically use anything from 3.75" to 4.25". You need to take into consideration any rubber on hinged stirrups if that is your preferred style as well.
     
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  8. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    I looked back at the stirrups I've purchased online, all are 4.75". I'm a very careful purchaser so I know I measured and added 1/2 inch. I wear a 7 or 7.5 size shoe (depends on brand).
     
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  9. Tack Collector

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    1/2" on each side eould be too much width for me and I'd have trouble kerping my stirrups. If you he sidescare rebber wrapped, then that might require a larger iron so your foot can be released in a fall. Generally I use 4.25 for my size 6 boots. Wonen who wear size 8.5 and up are probably going to want 4.75 or 5. 4.5 used to be the standard for women. But women have larger feet nowadays.
     
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    I have a size 38 foot and use 4.75 as I find 4.5" too narrow
    My foot is wide.
     

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