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post #11 of 54 Old 01-14-2012, 11:43 AM
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I, personally, think it's unsafe and never plan to try it, regardless of the band thickness.

Though..I sympathise with the no jackets, sports bras, etc.
I need to find a sports bra that fits ;; So for now, if I fall out the top, people just gotta deal, lol. At least we all ride with shirts on, eh? :p
I can't ride with a jacket on at a show, regardless of what I'm doing. Lucky has a tendency to throw kicks at just the wrong moment, and my jackets always ge hooked on the horn. I haven had a bra get hooked yet though, thank goodness.
I said I'd never ride with a belt on again before..only lasted for that show, haha. It wasn't because it caught on anything, but when I had my first actual fall, it left me a nice bruise the shape of a belt on my lower back..lol. I also said I'll never ride with my wallet in my back pocket again, yet I still do all the time. :p

But, I have been suggested actual bra under the sports bra, as long as both fit well. According to a friend it makes them look even better, lol. Not sure how much I believe that though. I just wear a cami a size too small and do that for now though..works well enough. :3
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post #12 of 54 Old 01-14-2012, 11:47 AM
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Can someone post a picture of the feet banding? I'm just trying to picture it in my head lol
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post #13 of 54 Old 01-14-2012, 01:27 PM
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Web I first started barrels, I'd use rubber bands... But, I rode in a synthetic saddle with stirrups that weighed less than a French fry. I had a very high strung gelding, and when he would pop up after the barrel it'd just about knock te win out of me..I also weighed like 85 pounds, so it's not like I had good enough muscle tone to keep my feet in the stirrups.
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post #14 of 54 Old 01-14-2012, 01:50 PM
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It is, to me, a ridiculous mechanism used to avoid proper riding. If you're kicking and flying up and down so hard that you lose your seat and stirrups, something's wrong. If you need rubber bands to hold your feet in the stirrups, there's something amiss.
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post #15 of 54 Old 01-19-2012, 10:17 PM
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I don't like it, I don't do it...It's dangerous for kids to do it even though I see it all the time. It's a crutch and doesn't "teach" you anything except to depend on the rubber band to keep your feet where they need to be...I tried googleing a picture but can't find one..I'll try to take one tomorrow unless someone else posts one.

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post #16 of 54 Old 01-19-2012, 11:51 PM
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Well I guess I'll be the oddball here and say that I do use rubberbands.

I use them for competition runs only.

I use them for the rare occasions when my foot does slip out of the stirrups. And I don't want to waste a thousandth of a second to get my foot back, when it comes down to the wire.

I use the super thin, large rubber bands. I keep a lot on hand because I'll often bust them just trying to get my boots/stirrup set up with them.

I don't wear spurs.

I'm far from a perfect rider so I feel like I get my horse's way during a run with a lost stirrup. And I want to stay out of his way as much as possible.

I didn't grow up doing this, but started a couple years ago. I definately think kids should go without rubber bands so they can learn without them. Plus they sometimes aren't heavy enough to break them.

Anyway, just thought I'd jump in with the opposite opinion.

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post #17 of 54 Old 01-19-2012, 11:54 PM
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funny how you say kids should not wear them so that they can learn with out them, why would you not want to learn with out them yourself?
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post #18 of 54 Old 01-20-2012, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by sierrams1123 View Post
funny how you say kids should not wear them so that they can learn with out them, why would you not want to learn with out them yourself?
Point taken, but I don't have a habitual problem of losing stirrups. It only happens on a rare occasion. (I can only think of one or two times on competition runs in the few years prior to starting to use rubber bands.) But I just don't want that rare occasion to happen during a competition run because I have enough of my bad riding habits to worry about during a run.

Which is why I said they should not be used as a crutch to prevent your feet from coming out of the stirrup if it is happening all the time. Then YES you just plain and simple need to learn to keep them in. But as a preventative nature for those rare occasions, I think it's fine to use rubber bands.

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post #19 of 54 Old 01-20-2012, 03:28 PM
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I am not a barrel racer, but I have worked cattle my entire life, which often entails running just as fast and turning just as hard as I would in any barrel race. I cannot imagine depending on a rubber band to keep my feet in the stirrups when I was chasing and cutting a wild cow across a pasture.

IMHO, if you (general you) need to depend on something like that to keep your feet in the stirrups, then there is some basic knowledge lacking in your riding. I have lost stirrups in the past, and I know for a fact is was because I stopped trying to ride correctly and got to flopping around and lost control of my legs.

From what I've seen at barrel races in my area, it's usually the people who are more concerned with kicking their horse as hard as they possibly can with every single stride that have problems keeping their feet where they should be.
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post #20 of 54 Old 01-20-2012, 05:03 PM
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I've seen a lot of really good riders use rubber bands. Personally, I think if your going to spend hundreds of dollars in entry fees, you better ride and ride hard because you'll get stomped by the competition so heck yeah people are going to kick and kick and kick their horses to get the best time they can. Some people use bands just to give a little more confidence in the saddle.

I don't think bashing people about their riding skills is deserved. I'm a really good barrel racer but I constantly lose my stirrups and have considered using rubber bands, but I'm actually going to change my stirrups first and see if that works better for me. I have just the rawhide stirrups that are big and clunky, I'm going to try the lightweight aluminum ones with a good chuck of rubber to help grip the bottom of my boot.

Some people may inappropriately use the bands, but there are plenty of good riders that do use them. Therefore, stereotyping about people who use bands are "bad riders" isn't correct in any way.

To each his own...
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