NOTE: These straps will not work with the western rigging D, only the billet style.
The "over the back" stirrup straps are very simple to install. Just lace the front billet through the loop at the end of the strap and lay the strap over the seat of your bareback pad then attach your stirrup. The strap has holes and a conway buckle for making length adjustments. Stirrups are NOT included.
Please do not put constant or aggressive pressure in your stirrups unless you are using a good sturdy saddle pad under your bareback pad. The pressure from the straps can cause soreness for your horse. There are good gel pads and saddle pads that will help with this but be careful to get one that does not put pressure on your horse's withers and is very smooth along the spine of your horse. Uncomfortable pressure on their withers and spine will be as uncomfortable for your horse than an ill fitting saddle.
Keep in mind that this bareback pad does not have a tree and if you put too much pressure in one stirrup over the other the pad may roll. Also if you use excessive pressure in your stirrups you may need to use a quality saddle pad under your bareback pad to protect your horse from the pressure. Listen to your horse and check him/her for soreness until you understand his/her needs.
There are many factors that will affect how stable your bareback pad is when stirrups are in use, such as your horses wither, spine and barrel shape, whether or not you use slip resistant pad/ girth and or breast collar, how snug things are, how your balance is, how much pressure you put in each stirrup, etc... This bareback pad does not have a tree so it is not as stable as a saddle. Please be aware that your pad will roll if too much pressure is put in one stirrup over the other.
I sell bareback pads only. They have no tree so they will roll if you use stirrups with them. I do, however, offer stirrup straps for my bareback pads for those who understand that putting more pressure in one stirrup over the other will most likely cause it to roll. This is very dangerous and I warn people that it is likely you will have issues with stirrups on any bareback pad with no tree, such as ours. You may develop good riding habits that help you to use your stirrups less for balance and more for an occasional light "catch" of your balance. This is unpredictable and if knocked off balance badly your tendency will be to use the stirrups more aggressively to catch your balance, which may result in the pad rolling and you on the ground or worse having your foot stuck in your stirrup and drug by a terrified horse. That being said, our bareback pads are more stable than most and using the right equipment with it helps. My mare has high withers and a more prominent spine and my bareback pad with stirrups has never moved an inch much less rolled. But I cannot promise this for everyone.
There are a lot of different factors that affect the stability of any bareback pad on your horse. These are some of the factors that may affect the stability of your pad- your riding skill/habits, your horse's confirmation, the slipperiness of your horse's hair (like after using showsheen on the hair makes it very slippery) using a breast collar and it's location and fit, the type of liner you use between your horse and the pad, your ability to keep your seat not based on using stirrups for maintaining balance. Personally I use a slip resistant gel pad, a well fitting breast collar and a grippy girth. My mare is unpredictable and my skills are not what they used to be so I know I'm taking my chances. That is my choice. You are responsible for your own choices. There is inherent danger when riding no matter what. Using stirrups with a bareback pad does raise your chance of having a wreck.
Choose carefully. May the horse be with you. 🙂