I went to a barrel raace not to long ago with my friend and normaly she would be running but the lady that trailers for her couldent make it so we just went to watch and work the gate.. Anyway i saw some very small kids with rubberbands to hold there there feet in the stirups?? is this something alot of people do? It was new to me. In my oipinion i think before a kid goes to a barrel race he or she sould know basics on how to keep there feet in the stirrups but thats just me its not so bad for the extreamly little kids but i saw some older girls doing it aswell i don't think its fair and i would never do it becasue i would be scared it wouldent break (haahah OF course it WOULD but im paranoid) anyways what your opioion on this matter?