The optional stirrup straps are so 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.
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 want to use a liner or heavier pad under your bareback pad to protect your horse from pressure from the straps. I've designed these to go over the bareback pad in this way because it does help the stability of the pad.
There are many factors that will affect how stable your 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 can 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 hte 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. 🙂