How to rubber band the stirrup
I am a NARHA registered instructor and during my certification workshop last year, I was told by the evaluators how to rubber band a foot in the stirrup. Let me assure you, if done correctly and with narrow rubber bands, it is safe!
First you need a longish rubber band (I specifically have 1/4lb weight, size 117 OfficeMax brand). These are thin and about 5 inches long.
Second, you take the foot out of the stirrup and put the rubber band over the foot behind the ball of the foot (leave the rubber band hanging down toward the ground).
Third, foot goes back in the stirrup. Adjust foot to where it needs to be in stirrup.
Fourth, pull rubber band under stirrup and put back over riders foot.
I hope my explanation makes sense......you almost have to see it to do it!
I don't figure eight mine and the rubber band will slide off if the foot manages to get out of the stirrup. This doesn't provide a super strong hold in the stirrup; it just provides some support, especially if the rider has no feeling or use of the foot. If the leg/foot is really spastic, this method won't hold the foot in the stirrup for very long because it is not a strong "fix".
If anyone has a disability and is in the South Bend, IN area, my barn owner used to be heavily involved in the paraolympics and has school horses that are very safe! She still teaches some and she even has a wheelchair ramp in her indoor for mounting! Rebecca Hart, who is the 2008-9 National Paraolympic Champion and 2008 Beijing Paraolympian, trained with my barn owner through high school and spent a year at her farm!
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