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post #1 of 41 Old 04-16-2009, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Question Quick Question for the Barrel Racers

Okay, so, you'll have to forgive me for asking this but I'm new to western riding. I've only been riding western for about 3 years or so (rode english for 15 though).

Well, I got the new Smith Brothers catalog and was looking at all the pictures last night when I noticed something that struck me as very odd: it seemed that a number of the barrel racers in the pictures had rubber bands over the heel of their boot, running under the stirrup, then over the toe of their boot. Why on earth do they put rubber bands over their feet? My husband's suggestion was that it helps hold their foot down in the stirrup during the turns, but in one of the pics the girl lost her stirrup and the rubber was just hanging out, wrapped around the stirrup. I felt his idea was pretty plausible but I'm still reallllly curious to find out the "real" answer. Any help?
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Are you sure it isn't a spur strap?

Put your ass on some class...ride a THOROUGHBRED
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I'm positive. I DO know that much. LOL I'm not a total newbie to the horse world.
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A lot of people use them to secure their foot in the stirrup so they don't lose their stirrups. It's not a practice I'm fond of as if you can't keep your foot in the right place on your own, you probably shouldn't be riding barrels.
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It's not a practice I'm fond of as if you can't keep your foot in the right place on your own, you probably shouldn't be riding barrels.
My thought exactly.
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Like OneTooMany said, it's so you don't lose your stirrup. In theory, the rubber bands will break if you fall. This works for adults, (not that they should need them) but often little kids will have them on their boots since they are more likely to lose a stirrup. Sometimes the rubber bands don't break as they should.

It's a quick fix that I'm also not very fond of.
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Sometimes the rubber bands don't break as they should.
Very true, I get nervous when I see them on little kids.
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Really?? A rubber band to hold your foot in the stirrup? And they're running barrels?.... really?
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Really?? A rubber band to hold your foot in the stirrup? And they're running barrels?.... really?
Really. The issue has been brought up at WSCA meetings several times.
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Yeah. Usually they put like 4 rubber bands on each foot (around here at least) so...that makes it even more difficult to break.

MLS: WSCA? I don't think I've heard of that. Can you enlighten me?
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