I have never banded by feet in, but I see it all the time, and have nothing against it. To be honest, I have thought about it in the past but always forget to try it.
Every now and again, Like once in 3-4 competitions (and I run 5-6 events per competition), I'll lose a stirrup. Typically during a pole pattern. Not necessarily on barrels.
Two seasons ago, I lost my stirrup A LOT. Didn't think anything of it. I had stopped competing for a few years. Thought it was bad balance etc. But after purchasing a new saddle, a very RARELY losing a stirrup, I knew it was the saddle. I felt so much more sercue in the new one (newer style barrel saddle) and was quite impressed.
My mom as well would lose a stirrup ALL THE TIME. It didn't matter which one. (Hers I can account towards balance issues for most of the time) But she also purchased a new saddle, and new stirrups, and now she too will VERY RARELY lose a stirrup during runs.
Saddle fit for YOU is definitely something to consider.
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