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    01-13-2012, 10:41 PM
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Foal
what are the straps for?

I have seen where people put on these strap type things almost look like big rubber bands when they put there foot in the stirrup n wrap them on. What are those called and why do they do that?
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    01-13-2012, 10:50 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Not really sure what your talking bout? Do you have pictures?
I no some reres that put bands around their boots and spurs with their feet in the stirrups to keep their spurs from riding up and keep their heels in...its really dumb and dangerous but wth I can't make em stop
     
    01-13-2012, 10:54 PM
  #3
Yearling
Picture would help ?
     
    01-13-2012, 10:54 PM
  #4
Trained
They are........rubber bands.

LoL.

People will literally band their feet into the stirrup so when they are running and kicking their horses to push for speed, their feet don't come out of the stirrups and so they don't lose their balance and they can get a really good, confident ride.

The bands break easily in case of a fall as well.
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    01-13-2012, 11:00 PM
  #5
Yearling
I have learned some thing new to day thank you
     
    01-13-2012, 11:08 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Haha CLaPorte! That's basically what I was trying to say but you put it so much better! I still don't like it because sometimes the bands don't break and the kid gets dragged for awhile
     
    01-13-2012, 11:11 PM
  #7
Yearling
Like it or not it is a learning thing
     
    01-14-2012, 01:04 AM
  #8
Banned
Its a STUPID learning thing. I really do not understand how you "learn" anything with this method, but some claim it helps "learn" correct foot placement.

Mostly, I see people doing this to keep their feet in their stirrups. Like someone said before they call it banding your feet. I find it to be a quick and dangerous fix. It works, your feet stay when they need to but don't come out when they need to. I have never, nor will I ever do this. 9 times out of 10 they do not break when they need to or when thought that they would.

A friend of mine did this once and she will never do it again.
She banded her feet because she was having a hard time keeping her feet in her stirrups during her runs. She went to run arena race, one barrel at the end of the arena run up turn then run home, when she went to turn the barrel she got popped forward and when she came back down she ended up being in front of her saddle horn sitting on the horses neck. Because her feet were banded in her stirrups she could not get off or correct her seat, she was stuck right where she was. We had to block off the gate and stop her horse then get her feet out for her. She had a huge bruise on her back (from the horn) and did not ride for the rest of the day because she was too sore. Before you try and blame this one something other then the banded feet stop, all of her tack was correct, her stirrups were not too short or anything like that. Of course the feet being banded did not cause her to get popped out of her saddle, but had her feet not been banded she probably would have fallen off or at least been able to correct her self.
     
    01-14-2012, 01:20 AM
  #9
Trained
Unfortunately, bad stuff will happen. Little kids probably shouldn't use them because thinking logically, the bands are probably less likely to break due to their weight. It would also depend on the thickness of the band used, some people tend to go overboard with the thickness, and that's where trouble can happen.

My 40 pound niece would have a harder time break the bands then my chubbiness would. LoL. I've never used them before but have thought about it. My feet ALWAYS come out of the stirrups when I race. Luckily I have really good balance but it still affects my ride because I tense up and end up checking my horse without meaning to. Which adds time onto my rides in the end.

I frequently get popped out of the saddle as well. Especially if the ground is really tore up around a barrel, my mare tends to trip and I get shifted in my saddle. Can't say I've ever ridden my horses neck before, but I'm glad nothing serious happened to your friend. One time my belt got hooked to my saddle horn during a run. The front pocket of my hoodie got stuck on my saddle horn during a take off, LoL. And the best of all. My dangly belly button ring, got hooked into my belt buckle so I could not sit up straight in my saddle or my belly button ring would get ripped out. And don't you know when your leaning over a horse like that, it means to go fast, not slow down? LoL, Yep, my horse knew that too. Heck of a time trying to pull him up. LoL.

Lessons I took away from those leaning experiences that I now live by...
- Don't wear a belt when riding.
- Take out belly button rings when riding.
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    01-14-2012, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Unfortunately, bad stuff will happen. Little kids probably shouldn't use them because thinking logically, the bands are probably less likely to break due to their weight. It would also depend on the thickness of the band used, some people tend to go overboard with the thickness, and that's where trouble can happen.

My 40 pound niece would have a harder time break the bands then my chubbiness would. LoL. I've never used them before but have thought about it. My feet ALWAYS come out of the stirrups when I race. Luckily I have really good balance but it still affects my ride because I tense up and end up checking my horse without meaning to. Which adds time onto my rides in the end.

I frequently get popped out of the saddle as well. Especially if the ground is really tore up around a barrel, my mare tends to trip and I get shifted in my saddle. Can't say I've ever ridden my horses neck before, but I'm glad nothing serious happened to your friend. One time my belt got hooked to my saddle horn during a run. The front pocket of my hoodie got stuck on my saddle horn during a take off, LoL. And the best of all. My dangly belly button ring, got hooked into my belt buckle so I could not sit up straight in my saddle or my belly button ring would get ripped out. And don't you know when your leaning over a horse like that, it means to go fast, not slow down? LoL, Yep, my horse knew that too. Heck of a time trying to pull him up. LoL.

Lessons I took away from those leaning experiences that I now live by...
- Don't wear a belt when riding.
- Take out belly button rings when riding.

I have had a time with jackets and broken a few belts, but worst of all was the few bras that got broken along the way. Being big chested it is hard to find a good sports bra that offers everything that my normal bra does so I use to ride in them. After breaking a few of my high dollar Victoria Secret ones I learned my lesson and take the unattractive look a sports bra gives me.

So now.....

I ride with no belts, people just deal with seeing my crack from time to time.
I ride with no jackets, I just freeze during my runs.
And
I ride in a sports bra, dealing with the odd lump my boobs turn into. :)

All in a days work I guess :)
     

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