Why Powder on Roping Horses?

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    09-26-2012, 05:22 PM
Why Powder on Roping Horses?

So I grew up at the local ropins, with both my dad and uncle being successful ropers. Both of them have been out of the sport for years now, as "life got in the way." Lately I have taken up the sport, but When I go to the bigger shows to watch, all of the horses have baby powder (I think that's what it is). This doesn't seem to happen at the small, po-dunk shows here locally that I compete at, but they're all over at big shows. I guess I really don't udnerstand the need for it, anyone care to enlighten me maybe? Haha Thanks!
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    09-26-2012, 06:14 PM
Green Broke
I've seen arena ropers put baby powder on their gloves to encourage slippage. Reduces the risk of the rope 'grabbing' the glove and the roper getting burned or worse.

I haven't seen one put it on their horse. Where do they put the powder?
    09-26-2012, 06:26 PM
Right above the tail. It looks like the horse is a rabicano, until they break outta the box, and the powder flys off of the horse, making it look like a rocket ship. That's the only conlcusion I can come to haha
    09-26-2012, 06:28 PM
Green Broke
If your talkin about powder on their hindquarters right behind the saddles its really common back home for us. We can't exactly take a bottle of baby powder with us to loosen up the rope in the box so put a pile on their hindquarters and then just kinda sweep it up in the box if you need it. At least that's what we did...
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    09-26-2012, 07:09 PM
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    09-26-2012, 07:31 PM
Green Broke
Could you imagine having to juggle your reins, your rope and a bottle of baby powder? And keep your horse in the box all at the same time?

Much easier to just plop a pile on their butt then reach back for it if you need haha
    09-26-2012, 08:08 PM
I'm glad it has a purpose to it. I kind of always thought it was just for fun and made the horses look like they were running faster since it looked like they had "steam/smoke" coming off them LOL
    09-26-2012, 08:31 PM
That's what I thought too ^ haha just to add a visual effect hyaha

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