Stirrups and safety stirrups are both important parts of riding equipment.
Stirrups are metal stirrups that hang from either side of the saddle and into which the rider's feet are placed. They help the rider to stay in the saddle and provide support and stability while riding.
Safety stirrups are a special type of stirrups designed to improve rider safety. They have an opening on the outside of the shackle that can be opened in the event of a fall. This allows the rider's foot to easily slide out of the stirrup and prevents the rider from getting stuck in the event of a fall. This can help prevent serious injuries.
In general, the use of safety stirrups is highly recommended for novice riders and anyone riding at a higher level. It is important to make sure you choose the right size and type of stirrups for your riding style and level.