However I have recently been outfitting a lovely western saddle to help further my equine education. I like the "english" look of the stirrups with the rubber pads. I also like the lighter feel compared with the original leather bound stirrups the saddle came with. I did expect the engraving to go all the way around the stirrup. It is only visible on the outside of the stirrup (not a huge deal just a note). More spendy than others I have seen similar. I think overall they should last the lifetime of the saddle (I just got them, so I can't officially say).