As a mostly English rider and mostly English tackmaker, I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about stirrups.My recent trip to Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction has shown me the error of my ways.
Stirrups come in an infinite variety of shapes,
Remember the four Mexican saddles in this post? This is the stirrup from the classic styled Charro saddle...
and this belonged to the saddle made for Joe C. Lamprey of the Neucha Co. of Colorado.Another view.
There was one booth that featured stirrups from several different South American countries. This is an Argentine stirrup.
This pair comes from Chile...
and these hail from Uruguay.
The tag on this pair of stirrups reads simply, "Plated bronze, coat-of-arms."
This pair is described as "Kids taps, oxbow stirrups, 1920's-1930's."
Last but certainly not least, this is me snuggled up to one of the stirrups from the $95,000 Heiser-Keyston parade saddle.Honest--I wasn't thinking of slipping it into my purse! Everyone always wants to know how much those parade sets weigh so I was simply doing a little field research!