We all know the consequences of a fall while riding. With show jumping, the risk is even higher. While the risk comes with the territory, there is some steps a rider can take to mitigate the risk.
Free Jump System, based in France, has introduced a new kind of safety stirrup, called the Free Jump Soft Up Pro Stirrup. With the emphasis being on safety, the stirrup has an outer branch that is made from a flexible material that bends and reverts back in shape. This branch system is helpful in the unfortunate event of a fall.
You can see from the closeup picture how this safety stirrup is the most effective. From a safety perspective, this undoubtedly beats the competition. Ideally, the use of Freejump Stirrup Leathers is recommended when using the Freejump Stirrups. The stirrup leathers are designed to be used almost exclusively with the Freejump Stirrups.
Aesthetically, the look of the Freejump Safety Stirrup screams fashionable and sexy. With its well defined curves and beautiful color choices, this stirrup stands out favorably. It comes in Black, Chocolate, Vanilla, Purple, Blue and Red. Here is a visual showing all the available colors.
To top it all, the Freejump Soft Up Pro Stirrup has a wide footrest with a grippy rubber material and small metallic studs. I presume those are for protection against skidding.
Now, you know why some of the top riders in Europe and the Americas, like Ludger Beerbaum, Kevin Staut and Rodrigo Pessoa rely on the Freejump Stirrups.
The initial response to these stirrups has been very positive in Wellington. They are a bit on the pricey side, but you can not place a price on safety.