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Safety tack must-haves: safety stirrups
Every equestrian knows that it is important to take safety precautions when riding. No matter your level or experience as a rider, as you never know what might happen. Horses can spook or trip, and sometimes accidents are no one's...
Ophena has beautiful colors for safety stirrups
Thanks to new technology, we are able to get more and more innovative equestrian tack. For instance, Ophena has manufactured two different magnetic safety stirrups: Ophena S and Ophena T. Both of them feature a magnetic connection, an open side,...
Ophena S magnetic safety stirrups - now available in Onyx Black!
Have you ever thought about getting safety stirrups that match your riding outfit and tack? Ophena S and Ophena T magnetic safety stirrups come in different colors, so that you can choose the ones that suit your style the best....
Safety stirrups are used by professionals, too
Safety stirrups have become more and more popular in the recent years. After all, falling off and getting caught in your stirrups is a real risk, no matter your experience level or the horse you are riding. Just like a...
Safety stirrups and gear for trail riding - stay safe!
Trail riding is a wonderful way to relax for the rider as well as for the horse. Though we all like to train and improve as riders, it is important to give your horse a break and take them on...
Remember safety stirrups when riding young horses
When riding horses, there are always risks involved. As a rider, your job is to take all possible risks into account and invest in some proper safety gear. Especially when riding and training young horses, it is extremely important to...
Can your saddle pad affect how well the saddle fits?
Fitting your saddle correctly to your horse is paramount in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the horse. Incorrectly fitted saddle can, in fact, cause back pain, spasms, and decrease the performance of the horse. A saddle that...
The benefits of buying safety stirrups online vs. a traditional store
Shopping online has never been easier than it is today. In fact, many rely on buying safety stirrups online as well as purchasing other equestrian tack from online stores rather than from a tack store. But why do many rider...
Improve your seat - ride without stirrups
Stirrups are an essential part of our tack, as they help us balance better on the horse. However, riding without stirrups can be very useful, as it helps you to improve your seat and posture. In this article, we will...
How do you fit safety stirrups?
Having safety stirrups is one of the most important things that you can do as a rider to ensure your own safety. Just like you have to fit your helmet and other safety gear, you should make sure that your...
Did Romans use stirrups?
There has been a lot of talk about the invention and use of stirrups in warfare. In fact, such a simple invention such as stirrups are the reason why certain armies became successful and conquered many countries and areas. But...
Did Mongols use stirrups?
It has been said many times that one simple technological advancement revolutionized warfare around the 1200's. That simple invention was called the stirrup. Prior to the invention of the stirrup, soldiers had to balance on the horse without any extra...
Do spurs hurt the horse?
Many more experienced riders choose to use spurs when riding. Spurs are a metal tool designed to wear around the heel of a riding boot. They are used as an aid to direct the horse, much like a riding crop....
Can you show in Ophena stirrups?
Ophena magnetic safety stirrups have become well-known in the equestrian world. When Ophena was founded, the purpose was to design safety stirrups with ultimate safety features, while keeping the design beautiful and esthetically pleasing. Our customers love our magnetic safety...
When and where was the stirrup invented?
Stirrups are one of the most essential parts of your tack as a rider. They provide you with support and help you to balance better. In fact, if you have ever ridden without stirrups during your lesson or for fun,...
When were stirrups first used in England?
Did you know that stirrups are thought to be one of the most significant inventions of medieval Europe? Funny enough, stirrups had been invented in other parts of the world way earlier, but it took until the medieval period until they...
What kind of a saddle pad can I have at horse shows?
Going to horse shows is important to many riders. In fact, horse shows can be an excellent way to bring something new into your training and figure out what you need to work on. They will also allow you to...
Can safety stirrups be beautiful and safe?
As equestrians, we have to pay attention to safety at all times. After all, horses are always unpredictable and accidents happen. In order to avoid accidents and injuries, we have to make sure to take proper safety precautions. This includes,...
How to pack and prepare your tack for horse shows - remember safety stirrups
Horse show season is at its best and many have signed up for multiple horse shows. Attending shows is always exciting because you will get to test your skills and the level of you and your horse. Horse shows give...
Keep your saddle pad clean with these instructions
Every equestrian owns a few good saddle pads. At the end of the day, we need to change them constantly to make sure our horse's skin does not get rashes or start itching. Also, a clean saddle pad simply looks...
Buy the best safety stirrups - try them for yourself first
Riding horses is a risky sport. That is why it is very important to always wear the required safety gear. For instance, a helmet, boots, and safety stirrups. It does not matter how good of a rider you are, how...