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.
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