Asked by Tracy Lee

A: Showjumpers often favour a stirrup iron with a wide base and strong tread. Wide-based stirrups are more secure and are easier to keep balanced on the foot, hence their popularity. ‘Cheese-grater’ treads prevent the foot from slipping through the stirrup and can help with keeping the leg still. Angled stirrups encourage a downward heel; however, not all riders like this, as it can create strain on the ankles. Some stirrup irons have a flexible foot, and these also tend to either be loved or hated by riders. There are many stirrup designs and makes on the market so test as many as you can and you are bound to find the one that works for you!