A tapadero, sometimes referred to as a "hooded stirrup," is a leather cover over the front of a stirrup on a saddle that closes each stirrup from the front. Tapaderos were valued equipment for the cavalrymen.
Tapadero’s protect the rider’s feet from rain and snow and prevent them from being snagged and scratched by branches. The also prevent a foot from slipping all the way through the stirrup - great safety feature that prevents the horrifying accident of a foot slipping all the way through the stirrup and the rider being dragged after a fall. Tapaderos should be mandatory equipment on any child’s saddle.
Our tapaderos are hand-sewn and shaped from quality saddle leather. They are rugged and feature a tipped nose for plenty of foot room. They are 9 ½” wide with a 3” neck.