Tying boots into stirrups?!

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    03-12-2012, 08:04 PM
Green Broke
Tying boots into stirrups?!

I am NOT a barrel racer, but I saw some pictures of someone barrel racing in the latest article of Horse & Rider, and the woman had tied her boots into her stirrups with bailing twine. This seems really dangerous, but I was wondering if this was the 'norm' for barrel racers?

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    03-12-2012, 08:07 PM
I have NEVER seen a barrel racer do this and it sounds VERY dangerous. VERY VERY dangerous. I've seen them use rubber bands though. Those break. I would never even consider the baling twine.
    03-12-2012, 08:09 PM
Never seen baling twine, but like the poster above me said, rubber bands are often used.
    03-12-2012, 08:17 PM
Green Broke
I've only ever seen rubber bands.
    03-12-2012, 08:37 PM
Green Broke
Hmm...alright. Thanks for the replies!
    03-12-2012, 08:59 PM
I have used rubber bands barrel racing, I was using a brand new saddle and the stirrups were not turned. I was having hell losing a stirrup.
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    03-12-2012, 09:34 PM
Green Broke
I just re-looked in the magazine, and there is a possibility that it is rubber bands. Still looks more like twine, but if bands are common, that might be it.
    03-12-2012, 09:59 PM
Originally Posted by VanillaBean    
I just re-looked in the magazine, and there is a possibility that it is rubber bands. Still looks more like twine, but if bands are common, that might be it.
It's rubber bands.

Baler twine can be nude-colored. Most rubber bands are nude-colored.

It's all a matter of personal preference. Some people use them; some people don't.

I personally wear rubber bands for my competition barrel runs. When the winning time comes down to the thousandth of a second, I do not want to waste that one thousandth of a second getting a lost stirrup back, on the rare occasion it happens. That's why I use them. I do not need them to keep my feet in the stirrups, and they should never be used as a crutch for poor balance or horsemanship, but I like to use them as a "safety" for compeition runs only. I use the very large thin rubber bands so that they would snap if I get into a wreck. I know they snap easily because I often break them just stretching them over my boots to get them on. Large thick rubber bands are not safe, because those are the kind that may not break in a wreck or fall.

I don't have them around my feet in this photo, because we are just standing around, but they are around the top of my stirrup. Same color as nude baler twine.

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