Passier Stirrup Leathers are cut from selected, pre-stretched German cow hides, so they retain their original length. The curved stainless steel buckles fit the saddle perfectly, providing even better contact to the horse. Passier stirrup leathers are meticulously hand-sewn to ensure that the seams hold - the stitches cannot rip out. The sewing is on the flesh side of the leather which puts the grain side to the inside. By using this quality Passier technique, the force which would be required to tear out the holes is much greater. Just one reason why original Passier stirrup leathers have an especially long life when cared for properly.