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You know that feeling… Your horse acts-up or falls you kick your feet loose from the stirrups… but they don’t release immediately or you can’t get your feet free at all and your worst fear becomes a reality – of being dragged.

TOE STOPPERS are every bit as important as a riding helmet. PERIOD

Winner of 8 international awards!

Toe Stoppers: Rated the best safety device since the helmet, Toe Stoppers have won eight prestigious international awards! Riders who use Toe Stoppers may gain a competitive advantage because they no longer lose concentration when their feet slip forward off the stirrup iron. Toe Stoppers keep feet in the correct position and prevent feet from slipping. Balance and concentration is improved, as well as performance and results. Toe Stoppers are made of a durable material and attach easily with Velcro making for comfortable, safe riding and dismounting. Designed to fit western, endurance and English stirrups/irons, Toe Stoppers attach easily by sliding into the stirrup, the side straps wrap around the sides, top and base of the stirrup. Safety can be added to any stirrup! Did you know that being hooked up in the stirrup iron and dragged is the most dangerous aspect of horse riding resulting in serious injuries and death? Latest statistics show there are 210 horse-riding deaths and 75,000 serious injuries each year in America alone. Over the past 20 years in Australia alone, 410 riders have died, on average 20 horse riders die each year and there are 3,000 serious injuries. Avoid the inherent risk of dragging or worse. Toe Stoppers are sold in pairs, with two colors to choose from in the following sizes. State size, color and style. Approved for all sanctioned equestrian events and used at the Olympic games.   Item # ST-TS - $85.00  (Regular Price $99.95 pair)

Sizes and styles:
Western & Endurance (black/brown) in: 4 ¾, 5 and 5 ½ inch. (To determine size, measure inside at the widest part, side-to-side for sizing.  If your western or endurance stirrup has a 1-inch top bar, size down by one).
English (black/brown) in: 3 ½, 4 , 4 ¼, 4 ½, 4 ¾, 5 and 5 ½ inch. (To determine size, measure tread width side-to-side).
Racing 3 ½ inch and Track 4 ¾ inch (black only)

ALL TOE STOPPERS WILL COME STITCHED AND WITH WEDGES

 

 

Attach wedges as shown to stop irons/stirrups moving.  These will be located on one side or the other of the bottom Velcro strap.

Various ways to attach TOE STOPPERS

REAL LIFE TESTIMONIES       Additional Stirrups    ToeStoppers in use    Web Site Index

Two different ways of putting the Toe Stopper in English irons

 

Here is the Toe Stopper place over the tread of a stirrup

 

 

A side view of the Toe Stopper in an English iron

 

Buddy Seat stirrups use 4 inch English ToeStoppers.  This is the rear view of Toe Stoppers in Buddy Seat stirrups.


Receive a free pair of nylon stirrup straps with purchase of 4 inch Toe Stoppers for Buddy seat stirrups

Here is the front view of Toe Stoppers in Buddy Seat Stirrups

The Endurance Toe Stopper in a leather covered endurance stirrup over the half inch padded base

 

A rear view of the Endurance Toe Stopper in an endurance stirrup

 

A back view of the  Endurance Toe Stopper

 

A side view of the Endurance Toe Stopper

 

The Endurance Toe stopper in an Aluminum Endurance stirrup

 

Here is the Endurance / Western Toe Stopper in a Mag lite Stirrup, that has a foot cushion. 

 

A back view of the Toe Stopper in a nylon distance stirrup with a foot cushion.

Front view of the Toe Stopper in a nylon distance stirrup.  See the gap in at the bottom of the Toe Stopper.  You can use the Toe Stopper Wedge to better secure the Toe Stopper placement.

 

The Western Toe Stopper in a leather covered bell stirrup with a 1/2 inch padded cushion on the base

 

An inside view of the Western Toe Stopper in a western stirrup with no base padding in the stirrup.  As you can see the Toe Stopper does have a grip foot tread.

The Western Toe Stopper in a western stirrup that has base padding built into the leather covered bell stirrup.  The toe stopper just goes right over that padding.

Here is the Toe Stopper in a competition Ox bow stirrup. They are so form fitting that they mold to any shape stirrup.  Talk about a competitive advantage in barrel racing!

Here is the back view of this form-fitting Toe Stopper in an Ox Bow stirrup

 

The Toe Stopper in a rawhide western stirrup with foot cushion

The inside view of the Toe stopper

The Racing Toe Stopper, shown with straps threaded through the tread.  

Here is a close up photo of the tread from a racing stirrup, cut away so the straps can be threaded through the tread, allowing it to be used in the stirrup.

The Racing Toe Stopper with the tread in place

TESTIMONIES 

My letter to ToeStoppers

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Susan Karlsson" : "Hill View Farms" <hillview@springfield-sanborn.net> Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 3:05 PM Subject: do you have the new style?

 Hey lady, thanks for your reply email. Saw you have toe stoppers. Are they the new style? How did they better the new ones.... stitching? i just bought two pairs of english trail stirrup irons. They are 4 1/2 “ wide and I have always used the rubber band fillis stirrups but I find I spend more time worried about them busting. I wish people knew how easy it is to come off and get dragged. I'm a wuss. My sister was dragged and killed at 7 years old down at a rental stable in Palm Springs when my mom and I and her went out one weekend. Her foot caught in the stirrup. Otherwise, she most likely woulda come off. Nobody had the new stuff they offer today. Would you send me two pairs in black and just let me know anything about the new ones. You're a doll.  Sue

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Oh my gosh... Yes I"ll send you some toe stoppers. YES the new style is stitched. I'll email your invoice.
~Cathy "Helping one customer at a time"

HELP PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING to anyone you care about.  Wear a helmet and Toe Stoppers!

MAY 2007:  Brookfield woman dragged and dies in horse-riding accident

By JACQUELINE SEIBEL
jseibel@journalsentinel.com
Posted: May 1, 2007

With her 13-year-old daughter trying to stop the terrifying events, a Brookfield woman died after something spooked her horse and it took off with her foot still entangled. The horse took off running with her foot caught, and she was dragged for a short distance. The woman's daughter went to try to help her mother and then went to find help.

Von Bank said the two were at the farm for about 45 minutes preparing to ride horses. Just as Kaye Gibowski was getting on her horse, a group of horses in a nearby corral was spooked by something, setting off a chain reaction that startled her horse.

Kaye Gibowski, 43, who was at Fox Creek Farms in Menomonee Falls with her daughter on Sunday morning, died from the head injuries she suffered in the accident, the Waukesha County medical examiner's office reported Tuesday.

Gibowski's death leaves her daughter, Abby, orphaned less than three years after the death of her father, Thomas, of cancer in 2004. Abby has two stepsisters as well as uncles, aunts and grandparents.

"My niece is left with no parents at all," said Gibowski's brother, Ken Grasse of Colgate.

The family doesn't know yet what Kaye Gibowski's wishes were for Abby, but she is being cared for by relatives.

Another brother, Kurt Grasse of Newburg, said the family is rallying around the girl.

"Whatever is best for Abby, we'll do," he said.

The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. Sunday at Fox Creek Farms, W204-N8930 Lannon Road, Menomonee Falls, said police Lt. Kevin Von Bank. Gibowski was taken to Community Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Gibowski and her daughter board a horse at the farm.

"She will be sorely missed," she said.

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1/21/07 After receiving this email - below, I spoke to the customer by phone; She said that her friend was riding an English saddle with breakaway stirrup hanger bars.  This ordinarily would work, but the horse spooked backwards and the rider came off over the horse’s head.   

In a case like this neither a breakaway hanger bar or safety stirrups that open from the side would help any rider that comes off over the horses head! 

THE ONLY thing that would prevent a dragging is TOE STOPPERS..    

The one thing I know for sure is, I ride and I ride fresh and young horses.  When I come off, I want to come off CLEAN.  NEVER do I want to be attached to the horse.   

And for those of you who worry about what others will think of you riding with Toe Stoppers, or what the barn people will say or what the folks hosting an event will say…. I say this  “When will you be grown up enough to do what you want to? And stop worrying about what others will think. 

This is YOUR life – not theirs.  And may God help them if they get hung up if they happen to come off.

Please if you care about your life and the lives of those you love, share with them what you have learned.  Practice safety – teach by example.  Wear a helmet and have a set of Toe Stoppers on.  

~ Cathy  Hill View Farms

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Karen
To:
hillview@springfield-sanborn.net
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2007 9:24 AM
Subject: cataloge request + toe stoppers

I have some questions about toe stoppers.  Having recently seen my friend be dragged and now has a broken leg, I am seriously thinking about getting some of these. 

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Press - Register

 

Lillian woman dies after horse accident
Thursday, May 18, 2006
By GUY BUSBY
Staff Reporter

A Lillian woman suffered fatal head injuries Monday after her horse became startled as she mounted for a trail ride and dragged her, her husband said.

Sherry Rae Mudra, 56, died at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, said her husband, John Mudra.

Mudra said he and his wife were preparing for a trail ride near their home Monday afternoon when her horse became upset and bolted.

 "Something, I don't know what, spooked him," he said Wednesday. "Just as she was getting on her horse, the horse spooked and took off. I heard her scream and saw the horse at a gallop."

 He said her foot apparently caught in a stirrup, causing her to be dragged for a short distance.

Sherry Mudra was preparing for a leisurely trail ride; her husband said the accident showed the need for safety precautions in riding.

She was flown by LifeFlight helicopter ambulance to Baptist, where she died after emergency surgery.

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Original Message -----  
From:
Lynn  

To:
Hillview Farms  
Sent:
Saturday, April 01, 2006 12:36 PM
Subject:
order
Hi Cathy,  Do you still have the brown stirrups with cage with 1 1/2" top shank that you listed on closeout?  I need a pair.  My mare and I fell down yesterday and my foot got stuck in my safety stirrup.  My mare did not like dragging me, so she kicked out and hit my foot out of the stirrup.  We are OK, just a little dirty.  Such fun and I need a different pair of safety stirrups.  Thanks,  Lynn

 ----- Original Message --- 
From:
Hill View Farms

To:
Lynn  
Sent:
Monday, April 03, 2006 3:58 AM
Subject:
Re: order
YES I have those stirrups on close out and OH MY GOSH... What stirrups did you have?  IF you had the cage I WOULD NOT USE them again.  Use the TOE STOPPERS!  :-) Cathy

--- Original Message -----
From: Lynn
To:
Hill View Farms
Sent:
Tuesday, April 04, 2006 11:13 AM
Subject:
Re: order
I was riding in the english irons with the outside side of the stirrup that is curved forward to release your foot in a fall.  My horse was going up a very rough sandstone road and I guess her front feet didn't clear the top or she slipped (it has been a little moist here).  she tried REAL hard to stay up, but her front feet just slid out from under her.  It was more of a slide than a fall, but she got up VERY quickly, did a 180 turn and my foot just couldn't come out of the stirrup fast enough.  she didn't drag me more than a couple of inches.  She won't be pulling a plow or wagon in the near future since she doesn't much like to drag things. :)   Thanks, Lynn

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----- Original Message -----
From: lynne
To: Hill View Farms
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 7:12 PM
Subject: toe stopper

HI! I got the toe stoppers, they are all I expected them to be and more, what a great invention!, thanks so much, Lynne

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----- Original Message -----
From: Hill View Farms
To: hughesmk1@brightstarinternet.com
Cc: Adrian Monte
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 12:56 PM
Subject: Toe Stoppers

Dear Kim,

I received your inquiry from Team Toe Stoppers: I would be happy to service you .............................Thank you for your inquiry and just so you know, THESE TOE STOPPERS are FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have personally been riding in them for over a year and twice, this year alone, (making up for lost time) my husband came off two different horses that fell down and stumbled. Each time - his feet came free and he got up and walked away. Just this weekend my brother came out and his horse got stung by bee's and bucked, he too came off with out incident. I can say enough good about this product. It is a no brainer. This Product is Mandatory for all riders. Period.

Talk with you soon, ~ Cathy Sheets Tauer "Helping one customer at a time"
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-------Original Message-------
From: Shipways@aol.com Date: 08/10/05 01:16:28 To: iic@bigpond.net.au Subject: Re attached

Dear Adrian,
I have just found this on the internet. (Scothorse Bulletin Board1 (1).htm) It was from one of our customers and posted on this bulletin board of a rider being dragged using the Peacock irons. They can still get their foot caught at the top of the iron but with Toe Stoppers they can't. Kind regards, David

My daughter was at a riding school and had a horrific experience when the pony she was riding shied and she fell off to the side and was hung up in the iron and dragged around the arena. The saddle had those stirrups with the rubber bands on them but the band didn’t break off, and the pony finally stopped when it got to the gate. Luckily she was only bruised and scared half to death. God only knows what would have happened if the pony had tried to jump the gate! Anyhow my point is someone gave me a pair of toe stoppers to use and they are fantastic, they stop the riders foot from going forward on the iron and stop the foot from getting hooked up in the iron. I wish i had them before for my daughter. When she felt able to go back to riding she was really nervous but now with her toe stoppers she's jumping and her seat has improved and she is going great guns. I feel so much better knowing this cant ever happen again to her. I think all riding schools should have to have them on their saddles just as they have to provide proper helmets. I just wanted to share this little bit of information with all of you. I looked up their website and they have lots of information on other top riders who are using them, check it out http://www.toestoppers.com/ I would love to know if anyone else is using them. Oh yeah Megan Jones the top Eventer in Australia uses them and I saw her web site pics with them on check this site out too1 http://www.kirbypark.com/ and go to the gallery pages for Melbourne Int 3DE or Warwick World Cup or Reynella Horse Trials

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----- Original Message -----
From:
Adrian
To: Teresa
Cc:
USA Dealer Cathy Sheets Tauer Hillview
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: US Distribution

Dear Teresa,

The biggest problem with the "S" Type safety iron, is that the foot can still be hooked up in the iron from the bar to the top of the iron (top to bottom). We have attached some more trial reports from other jockeys for you to look at. The Jockey trial gives you an indication of the Stats there were 68 mentioned dragging incidents out of 70 reports they all were using the S Bend so called safety iron.

With the Toe Stopper your foot can’t go any further forward and it is only as deep as the stirrup is wide.

Your rider members will find their balance and confidence will improve 100% with the Toe Stoppers and their heels automatically go down.

I have just mailed Cathy the latest DVD on Toe Stoppers it is very impressive and compelling just ask Cathy to give you a copy to show your riders. You can also direct your rider members to our web site www.toestoppers.com and the video clip link http://www.toestoppers.com/testimonials_videos.html Also there are a few more trial reports we have about 150 of them.

Kindest regards,
Adrian

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Hill View Farms
To: "Teresa Hughes"
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: Toe Stoppers

Dear Teresa…………… These TOE STOPPERS are FANTASTIC! Just yesterday I was testing a saddle that had safety irons - on a shit horse, and I could not keep my foot in the proper position! I am at the point that I will have to take them with me as I do my helmet! They are that good!  ~ Cathy Sheets Tauer "Helping one customer at a time"

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From: Deboorah [mailto:pzdks@comcast.net]
Sent: Thursday, 27 October 2005 11:18 PM
To: nina@ahse.info
Subject: safety stirrups

Hello,

While researching safety stirrups for my 10 year old daughter, I came across your site.

It was horrifying to read of the deaths and injuries from use of improper equipment. I would like to note a recent incident involving my daughter and her peacock "safety stirrups".

With proper sized stirrups, paddock boots without laces, helmet, gloves and eventing vest, my daughter had to emergency dismount when her pony galloped off after being frightened by two other charging horses. My daughter’s right foot got stuck in the stirrup and she was dragged 5 or 6 feet before the stirrup leather/rubber band let go. Thank God my daughter Claire was frightened but uninjured.

My complaint is that the heavy rubber bands, usually O rings or gaskets, are too strong to be undone by a 50 pound child. (We have switched to hair elastics that fly off more easily). I would like this danger to be made public.

Many thanks.   Best regards, Deb Siebols

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-------Original Message-------
From: nina
Date: 11/08/05 13:08:32
To: geoff
Cc:
'Adrian'

Subject: RE: Breakaway Irons

Hello Margaret

Hope you are OK, and no accident ensued from the equipment failure….Yes, we have heard similar tales (no hard evidence, just anecdotal in this case) of that product and also the one with elastic band sides….We (Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education) do recommend Toestoppers.

We use them at our campsite for all riders (3500 beginners each year) including staff, as we believe that the risks of dragging are perhaps the most dangerous related to horses (assuming other hazards are managed appropriately). They are available from most saddlers at $89.95 per pair. Have we met? I don’t recognise your name….Can I also help you with instructor or trail guide accreditation –using recognition of prior learning ? Or club training in risk management? Please let me know how you get on either way…and if you want further evidence about the dangers of the breakaway irons, the Toestopper designer may be able to give you some evidence that is more than anecdotal…I have sent him a copy of this note, so you have his contact details. His name is Adrian.

Cheers!

Nina Arnott
Association for Horsemanship Safety & Education & Wirraway Training


From: Geoff Sheehan
Sent: Tuesday, 8 November 2005 12:26 PM
To: nina
Subject: Breakaway Irons

Attention Nina,

I had a breakaway iron that broke away when it shouldn't have. Are you aware of any similar incidents. Also I noticed on your site you mention Toe Stoppers, can you tell me more about them and if you have used them?

Thank you for your time,

Margaret Ferguson

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----- Original Message -----
From: PAC
Date: 12/03/05 07:04:34
To: team@toestoppers.com
Subject: cage stirrups??

Hi,

I was looking at the E Z ride stirrups with a cage. I have toe stoppers for our Western Saddles but was wondering about the cage stirrups for our other saddle. Are they safe also?

Thanks

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From: Adrian
To: PAC
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 7:37 PM
Subject: Re Caged stirrups

Dear Pat,

The only thing with the caged stirrups they have a large gap especially at the top where the toe of the boot may get caught in the event of a fall. Look at the attached caged photo and the large gap at the top, which should be closed in to be safe.

Kindest regards,
Adrian

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-------Original Message-------
From: PAC
Date: 12/04/05 01:51:59
To: Adrian
Subject: Re: Re Caged stirrups
Dear Adrian,

Thank you so much for your information on the caged stirrups. I have looked at them a lot on the internet and never did realize the gap at the top. I had ordered one type of caged from Canada and the rivet that held the straps across was on the inside and I sent them back because I felt I could hook my toe even under that.

We do have your Toe Stoppers over our endurance stirrups now. We had them over our western stirrups before we sold the western saddles. We need to have english Toe Stoppers for our english irons now. I will not ride without them. When we took lessons we even took them with us and put them on the stirrups the lesson horses were wearing. Two Summers ago my 4 year old horse spooked and my foot got caught side ways in the stirrup and I was dragged a ways. I did not get hurt badly but only bruised a lot. Thank God I was wearing my helmet.

I am a little confused on your sizes. (I got a 4 3/4 for me and a 5 for my husband but I just guessed when I ordered them.) I understand the part about the ball of the foot being over the stirrup (however with the Toe Stopper that would depend also on what kind of shoes, or boots, one was wearing that day?). I do not understand "the iron size". We have the "S" shaped irons and they only came in one size and I do not know what size they are??

I found your Toe Stoppers when I searched the internet for safety stirrups after my horse spooked. After looking at and reading about all of them I decided yours seemed to be the best answer. I wish I had heard of them before. Now I have trouble trusting riding.

Thank you for your help,
Pat from Ohio, USA

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