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    09-03-2011, 09:36 PM
Blowing Stirrups...

Soo.. I don't have a barrel saddle, so I run barrels in my lovely Team Roping saddle. The thing I find that I lose my stirrups quite often. The last rodeo I ran at, I lost my first stirrup between first and second when my horse spooked at the harrow marks and then lost the other one coming out of second. I try to keep my weight in them, but I guess I can't all the time, and it's not like I'm all over the saddle cause I can barrel race bareback and clock a 23 second run.

Should I be shortening my stirrups a hole or two?
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    09-03-2011, 09:38 PM
I was having the same problem, I would shorten your stirrups a few for sure, it really helped me!
    09-03-2011, 10:46 PM
Do you have a video of you racing so that we can see what you are doing with your feet and how you are sitting and riding?
    09-04-2011, 12:49 AM
This is all I have for now... don't have any of me actually running the pattern in the arena.
    09-04-2011, 02:08 PM
You can try the stirrups with rubber :
    09-04-2011, 10:19 PM
I would really have to see a video of you riding in an actual race (preferably one where you blew a stirrup) to see what's going on in the moments before hand. In the video that you posted, your stirrups really don't look all that long to me. What I do see is that you seem to have a lot of trouble staying down in the saddle when your horse rates.
    09-07-2011, 08:19 AM
Rubber bands would probably be a great asset. You could also try tying your stirrups to your breast collar so it keeps them in a position that a barrel saddle would.
    09-07-2011, 10:14 PM
Green Broke
Roping Saddles have big fat sturrips, made for ropers to be able to stand in. Barrel racers shouldn't be pushing in that hard with their feet, it's all in the thighs, hips and back. Try getting some normal western sturrips that aren't as big as a ropers.
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    09-14-2011, 10:56 PM
Green Broke
Buy a pair of barrel stirrups and put them on your roping saddle when you barrel race. It's a cheaper substitute for the time being, than buying a barrel saddle itself.

And honestly, I use rubber bands when I compete (but only on a competition run ... never any other time). If I lose a stirrup, I don't want it to cost me a tenth of a second to get it back because that tenth might cost me a check. So I use thin large rubber bands to help keep my feet in place. I don't lose a stirrup often at all, but I want to ensure it does not happen during a competition run.

And I agree with smrobs. Overall, it really seems as if you are "bouncing" alot when your horse rates coming up to the barrels.
    10-12-2011, 07:55 PM
I have to say that I barrel race in deep roper stirrups. I had barrel stirrups, but did not like them. Just my preference.
My daughter had trouble losing stirrups too. We just put a couple wraps of Vet Wrap on the stirrup for added grip. It worked.

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