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  • Is it safer to drop a lead rope. of a panicking horse. or try to hold on

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    01-15-2013, 10:42 PM
  #31
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Originally Posted by GoAppendix    
Well if your horse is a complete jackass on the ground, more power to you and your figure eight.
My horse was a jackass on the ground til that problem was fixed, but it's more that I have worked with a lot of horses I didn't know from a bar of soap (plenty of them overfed WBs and stereotypically nutty TBs) and I wasn't willing to risk my hand Especially as I am unable to work (and therefore earn money) unless both my hands are fully functioning. Better to be safe than sorry! I can understand it with show horses but really, unless you're in a situation where you have to (either for show practice or in a show) then you're best off doing a figure-eight.
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    01-16-2013, 12:21 PM
  #32
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Few messages have been removed because few users went a bit too personal in that thread. The thread is reopened for discussion now.

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    01-16-2013, 01:54 PM
  #33
Foal
I showed cattle pretty much for a living with my family in my younger days. I have numerous showmanship awards, and had my cattle taught to set up like a horse. I was taught to never, ever hold a rope in a loop. It was a great way to lose a finger and I know people who have lost fingers from cattle pulling and hands being in places they should not be. I carry that out today, no matter what show ring I am in. I do not care how broke, how bombproof the horse is, something sets it off, it is gone and you are going with it.
     
    01-16-2013, 02:26 PM
  #34
Trained
I have to remind myself every time I pick up a rope not to wind it around my hand, figure of 8 all the way, but then I'm old now, and what young people call over cautious....


Want to know why?



Because rope burns HURT, I mean REALLY HURT, which is why I usually wear gloves when handling horses these days.

Black and broken toes HURT, I mean REALLY HURT, which is why I wear boots around horses.

I also wear a hard hat when doing lots of things, there are lots of safety precautions that take now that young people will laugh at, just as I laughed at the old people when I was young.

Just as you will be laughed at when you are fed up of getting bruised and battered by these unpredictable, ever changing gorgeous animals of ours, and start taking the safety precautions. That is if you are lucky, because there are the unlucky ones who have been buried, or are pushed around in their wheel chairs, or have their food cut up for them by others, because they forgot the ONE safety rule, and paid in a big way...

I don't care how switched off, broke, laid back your horse is, I don;t give a **** how magikal a bond you have, he weighs 5 times what you do, and it only takes one panic attack to make you toast.

Here endeth the safety announcement.
     
    01-17-2013, 10:32 AM
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To TaMMa89: Wait, is it sarcastic fights, are just sarcasm. 'Cuz I don't think I could live without sarcasm. Haha! I grew up with it!
     
    01-17-2013, 11:29 AM
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To TaMMa89: Wait, is it sarcastic fights, are just sarcasm. 'Cuz I don't think I could live without sarcasm. Haha! I grew up with it!
Or is it sarcastic personal fights, but impersonal one are OK

Sorry JOKING honest
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    01-17-2013, 02:09 PM
  #37
Green Broke
When breaking out a colt I usually get on the first time with just a rope halter and a good 8ft rope. I make a point to never ever ever hold it with a lope. Its either bunched up in my hand or slack is on the ground. For me its on the ground alot. I usually have my hands full trying to quickly cinch this horse before it freaks. I have seen many times people holding loops then they get their hands full and where does the loop go? On their arm..and horse freaks, pulls, and the rope pulls tight. Bad bad situation.
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    01-17-2013, 10:41 PM
  #38
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Sometimes it looks like the trainer has the rope wrapped around their arm , but actually it's draped over the forearm andhanging down tot he ground. If the horse moves a little, by bending the elbow, the person can "pinch" the rope and hold it lightly, or, they can wrap the hand around and catch the rope before the horse pullss away. If the hrose pulls really hard, they just let the rope slide off.
     
    01-18-2013, 08:26 PM
  #39
Showing
My biggest problem with the "well, I hold mine in loops but if the horse freaks, I have time to open my hand and drop them" reasoning is that things happen in an instant. Maybe something happens at the exact instant that you let your mind wander. It only takes a split second for those nice big loops to turn into a hard dally around your hand and then you're just stuck...and with a lot more than just a simple rope burn for your trouble.
     
    01-18-2013, 09:13 PM
  #40
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
My biggest problem with the "well, I hold mine in loops but if the horse freaks, I have time to open my hand and drop them" reasoning is that things happen in an instant. Maybe something happens at the exact instant that you let your mind wander. It only takes a split second for those nice big loops to turn into a hard dally around your hand and then you're just stuck...and with a lot more than just a simple rope burn for your trouble.
I was taught to hold it in loops so I can open my fingers and let it slip through but I don't like. I hold the rope si it can't wrap around me anywhere.
     

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