T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

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T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Postby Hayburner » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:42 pm

I currently use the Frank Baines t-bar leathers, which I love! Tho, they don't match my Wintec Isabell I color, so I ordered the Prestige T-bar leathers

From the website it said riders under 5'5 should order a small which are 27 inches long. I'm 5'2 sothe small should fit me. The Prestige are definanetly shorter than my Baines which are probably 30 or 31 inches. I have many holes left on the Baines and only 2 holes left on the Prestige to make adjustments. The Prestige start their holes further up than the Baines.

I will definitely be dropping my stirrups at least one hole from where I am riding right now. That will only leave me one hole with the Prestige where as my Baines I'd have at least 4 holes to play with.

I read on Trumbull Mountains website that the t-bar should sit below where the leather crosses your shin/ankle. I'm sure my Baines are higher and they are not uncomfortable.

Where should a t-bar sit ? I can return the Prestige and get the 31 length but they state they are for rides over 5'6!

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Re: T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Postby StraightForward » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:44 pm

Unless you think you might need them to adjust much longer than where the currently are, I'd keep them.

The height thing is just a guideline though. I have to adjust my leathers differently on two different saddles I have (same brand). Also, inseam would dictate stirrup length more than overall rider height.
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Re: T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Postby Hayburner » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:16 pm

Thanks Straightforward - I will put them on my saddle and see if I do actually have the 2 extra holes. I only lined them up with my current stirrups.

Is it correct that the t-bar should be below my ankle/shin?

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Re: T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Postby StraightForward » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:06 pm

Hayburner wrote:Thanks Straightforward - I will put them on my saddle and see if I do actually have the 2 extra holes. I only lined them up with my current stirrups.

Is it correct that the t-bar should be below my ankle/shin?


I don't think it matters as long as it's comfortable and there's a sleeve to protect the saddle flap from the T-bar. I've only tried that type of leather once, and I think they hit somewhere mid-shin when I had my feet in the stirrups? It wouldn't be possible to have them below the ankle since your stirrup iron is probably 5" high.
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Re: T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Postby piedmontfields » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:41 pm

Yes, I was confused by your location suggestion, Hayburner! I've used Bates and Prestige webbers (t-bar leathers). The t-bar portion is usually below my knee.

I'm 5'6" with short legs and ride with (relatively) short stirrups. I order the regular size and they are plenty adjustable .

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Re: T-Bar Stirrup Leathers

Postby Hayburner » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:26 am

I'm going to return them for the next size up. Which is the 31, they will be same length as my Baines.

They just don't look right to me.....I'm short, I don't think I have long legs, it maybe I do for my height :lol:

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