As I poured over my Google Analytic statistics that tell me what people are looking at on TheBarrelRacingBlog and how they got here, I noticed that someone searched the phrase “how to keep your hat on barrel racing.”
And that led me to this short post – duct tape. When I was 14, a very tough cowgirl told me that stampede straps are for wannabes. That stuck in my head immediately, and from then on I was bound and determined to never ever be forced to use one again.
I tried everything – bobby pins, maxi pads (yes, ask anyone on the Fly-By-Night Crew from 2004), paper towels – and nothing would keep that thing on my head. Finally, one night, I overheard some older women talking about how they keep their hats on their heads. They said they place an inch-long strip of duct tape on their hats then press it tightly to their foreheads. The trick hasn’t failed me yet. By now, my hat is so molded to my head that nothing would make it come off, but for new hats that aren’t quite right yet, duct tape solves the problem!