Western stirrups are a key part of the saddle and rider's gear. When it comes to rider safety, the importance of stirrups can't be overlooked. Stirrups are a place to set your feet while riding and they help riders stay balanced in the saddle. A good fitting pair is important to help you communicate with your horse clearly and effectively. Stirrups are also used during mounting and dismounting from the saddle. Stirrups need to be wide enough to allow the riders foot to slip out in the event of an emergency or fall.