October Bucket Fund Receipts, Western Spursuaders and FREE RIDE Western Safety Stirrups!


(You can read Hope’s story here.)

You readers were incredible once again!  Not only did we reach our $2500 goal for little Hope’s surgery and recovery, we exceeded it by $10! Bravo!

I will continue to give you updates on Hope.  She is doing great and recovering right on schedule!  One leg is straightening faster than the other so they are watching this closely.  However, uneven straightening is to be expected so no worries there.

Once the vets give the go-ahead, the final surgeries on each leg will be performed.  Sooner than later, Hope will never have to worry about tripping herself or compression sores again!

The first payment we made early to cover the surgery costs and some recovery items.


This is the final payment.



I have written about Spursuaders previously (linked here).

But today, I noticed that they have added a new Western style to their product.  Wow!  Good News!  I was thinking that many of you might be interested in a Western pair…

The new Western Spursuaders



Here is a photo of the design.  It is pretty evident how they work, and how they are less intrusive.  The idea is to get the horse’s attention without upsetting him.  (Sounds like a good idea to me…)

This diagram shows the unique design of the Spursuaders


Anyway, I don’t use spurs right now, but if I need a pair, I know I would try these.

You can purchase the English or Western design.  They are made in Canada however there are a few stores in the US that carry them if you’d like to check them out physically.  You can search for retail outlets via this link on the website.  Or, Spursuader does have an online store which you can access by clicking this link.  Easy!

Solid concept... I like it!



I saw an ad for the Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup in the back of Trail Rider Magazine.  I clipped it to research at a later date.  That later date was this morning!

After reading online, I learned that the Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup developer designed these after being dragged…  I think if you survive being dragged, maybe part of your mental rehab is to ‘fix’ that sort of thing for others in the future.

The Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup is the result of his recovery process.

Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup (no affiliation)

So, basically, this safety stirrup is the same idea as the English safety stirrup with the rubber band on one side – except this stirrup has covered that rubber band side with a Western leather keeper.  And, of course, the stirrup itself is styled in a Western fashion.

I like the design.  For me, English or Western, I think this footpad is just the right size, not too large and not too skinny.  I couldn’t find the actual measurements of the footpad, but from the online photos, it looks right.

Being cast aluminum is a huge plus.  The less weight on the saddle, the better!  I also like that you can personalize the keeper to have your initials or your horse’s initials or whatever you want…  You also get to pick the leather color, concha and corner design.  Cool!

Here is the website!  Let me know if you purchase a pair!


This is the 'safety' part that is underneath the keeper.


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  1. RiderWriter

    I also wanted to tell you thank you VERY much for posting your PayPal receipts. It’s extremely comforting to your donors to know their $$$ are really, truly going where you say they do. Far too much deception in the fundraising world these days… I submit the following quote from the Fugly blog today re: a so-called horse “rescue” as proof:

    “Of the entire $1.3 million dollar budget only $170,000 gets spent on “Horse Care Expenses” compared with $190,000 on “Postage and Shipping.”

    Does that not BLOW YOUR MIND?????

  2. RiderWriter

    Those are BOTH extremely clever and useful products! I love to see entrepreneurship and creativity at work. Unfortunately, my first thought at seeing these products is, “Good luck convincing cowboys and good ‘ole boys and pretty much any country-dwellin’ Western rider that s/he is not going to be laughed into oblivion if they show up wearing those spurs.” The stirrups, maaaaybe, since their “ohmigodIdon’twanttobedragged” rubber band is covered up – but the spurs? No way. People who refuse to wear helmets ‘cuz they ain’t cool are NOT going to give up their ego-boosting rock-grinders. Bloody sides are proof that your horse is learnin’, don’t you know!

    My other thought about the spurs is I betcha ‘ole Parelli is wishing HE’d invented them, because I can just see them for sale as PP Super-Speschul Spurs for only $148.99! >.<

    (Sorry for all the sarcasm today. I really do think they're both great products and I hope they sell a ton of them!)

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