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post #11 of 16 Old 07-24-2009, 08:00 AM
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OK then, my suggestion is to get around some Western horses. Not at a show barn but someplace that does a LOT of trail riding. Talk to those riders and ask a lot of questions. Look at the gear they use and why they prefer to use it. Read Western Horseman mag.

When you are 6 or 9 months away from your trip, it's time to buy your gear and start using it. You want to build up to at least being able to spend 5 or 6 hours in the saddle. You want all your tack really broken in so that you and your gear are in condition to ride those long hours.

Get familiar with a good rope - another piece of gear that is essential to ranch work. You want to be able to handle it off your horse and you'll need to learn how to dally.

It's pretty exciting and it'll be a great experience - one that many riders never get to have!!

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post #12 of 16 Old 07-24-2009, 08:56 AM
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Iride, you always manage to think of what everybody else forgot. LOL. Yeah, a rope is key. Fortunately, most tack shops don't mind if you go in and swing their ropes around just to figure out which one that you like the feel of. I would suggest one with a little bit of body like a medium or medium hard although there are lots of ranchhands who like an extra hard just for the added weight. Just find one that you are comfortable with and like the feel of. I would get one that is a little bigger in diameter because some of the cattle you end up dragging may be pretty good sized and believe me, a broken rope wadding up over your kidney is no fun at all. Just kidding, not trying to scare you. It is a rare horse that will actually break a rope dragging something.

Just for fun, here is a couple pix of me and all the tack that I use.

And there are tons more here if you want to look at them, most are of working calves. (you don't have to look)
Working Cattle pictures by smrobs - Photobucket
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-24-2009, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I do own several medium ropes, but am also going to have to learn to use a soft or x-soft, which I understand is a bit harder to keep a loop in, because we will be roping mustangs at least occasionally.
It is a good idea to try using my own saddle and tack on trail riding horses. I will have to check out the local horse rental sites and see if they will let me do that.

Question: all of the fancy tack setups that team ropers, etc. use in rodeo are not something that I am going to have to deal with are they?

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post #14 of 16 Old 07-24-2009, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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For SMROBS, great pictures on your photobucket site. Thanks for that link. May I ask a question though. On the second picture in your above post, it almost looks like there is a rope or third rein leading from the bridle to your saddle, what is that? Thanks.

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-25-2009, 02:37 AM
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No problem!! I just am kinda learning to rope so I will show my pix to anyone who will look LOL. That rope in the second pic is of the excess rein from the mecate I have attached to the snaffle bit. Mecates are kinda like roping reins and lead ropes all in one.

What do you mean by the fancy tack setups used by team ropers? Many of them around here have about the same type setup that I use. If you could find a pic that would be awesome. ;)
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-25-2009, 04:00 PM
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Your dad's buckskin is gorgeous!!

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