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  • Treating a braided nylon ranch rope with linseed oil
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    02-10-2013, 01:41 PM
  #71
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses    
Lol, Sorry! My uncle and grandpa and parents always called them "gut lines". So its a habit of mine. Most people call them reatas or riatas, a braided or twisted rawhide rope. Like this:
Cowchick and Wanstrom-
Yall might want to try braided nylon if you ever get a chance. They aren't as traditional or punchy lookin as reatas, but they're great usin ropes and have a little more body. Heavier than twisted ropes and throw great in the wind(if you get a quality one. There's cheap ones out there). Not knockin the rawhide at all, just a cheaper option for a braided line
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    02-10-2013, 05:00 PM
  #72
Foal
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
Cowchick and Wanstrom-
Yall might want to try braided nylon if you ever get a chance. They aren't as traditional or punchy lookin as reatas, but they're great usin ropes and have a little more body. Heavier than twisted ropes and throw great in the wind(if you get a quality one. There's cheap ones out there). Not knockin the rawhide at all, just a cheaper option for a braided line
Reata's are fun to throw, but they cost so much money and time to make. I only bring mine out for special occasions. They are like women, they can take a lot of pulling but won't stand for a jerk. The closest feel to a rawhide reata is a four strand poly rope. They are much cheaper, more readily available, and fun to play around with.
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    02-10-2013, 09:02 PM
  #73
Trained
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
Cowchick and Wanstrom-
Yall might want to try braided nylon if you ever get a chance. They aren't as traditional or punchy lookin as reatas, but they're great usin ropes and have a little more body. Heavier than twisted ropes and throw great in the wind(if you get a quality one. There's cheap ones out there). Not knockin the rawhide at all, just a cheaper option for a braided line
AC, I remember you saying that last winter. I have been curious about them but I can't say as I have really seen a good one. They had some cheap ones down at the tack store when we were in TX. Do you have a brand you like or a link to one online, I want to try one?!?

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Originally Posted by Toymanator    
Reata's are fun to throw, but they cost so much money and time to make. I only bring mine out for special occasions. They are like women, they can take a lot of pulling but won't stand for a jerk. The closest feel to a rawhide reata is a four strand poly rope. They are much cheaper, more readily available, and fun to play around with.
LOL! That's funny!
I usually rope with a 3 or 4 strand poly too, I like the bigger diameter ones they got some weight to them. I like the cotton ropes, they are a favorite when the weather is right for them. And if you get a good one they last a long time like AC was saying about the braided nylon. People get so weird about treating them(cotton ropes), linseed oil, putting them in the oven...blah, blah, blah...they just need to be used! LOL
     
    02-10-2013, 10:25 PM
  #74
Yearling
Haha, Toymanator, I must be a grass rope because I won't stand for any mans BS lol I like a four strand poly rope for just using. I've had a few break on me, mainly roping horses. You probably all know the whole horse roping at a ranch rodeo, rope breaks, hondo flies back, slaps you in the face, and you ride out of the arena with no catch and a bleeding face but I really like the feel of a solid braided reata. I retire mine to the wall after a couple years, I just love the feel, and look of a gut line. I have an old horsehide one that a friend of mine braided that has its special place on the wall. I've never tried a braided nylon rope. And making a catch with cotton is like peeing in the wind for me
     
    02-10-2013, 10:39 PM
  #75
Trained
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Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses    
And making a catch with cotton is like peeing in the wind for me
Wha???LOL! I love my cottons.... well that is why I say ropes are like underwear...personal preference!
I have one from Mexico that will wear your ass(okay- arm) out if you don't get it thrown. I love them for those warmer windy spring days. I just haven't found them to be all that useful in the extreme cold and when cold and wet...
     
    02-10-2013, 10:44 PM
  #76
Yearling
I only ever used twisted nylon until I finally got a braided rawhide reata, I couldn’t even get a loop formed with it at first, but after a few hours of roping a fencepost, and a very sore arm, I actually came to prefer it, just has a special feel to it that nothing else I have ever swung has. But the upshot of it all is that I’m absolutely terrible at roping anyway, usually couldn’t hit a barn wall if I tried to rope inside the barn. But it’s still fun to try.
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    02-10-2013, 10:47 PM
  #77
Yearling
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Wha???LOL! I love my cottons.... well that is why I say ropes are like underwear...personal preference!
I have one from Mexico that will wear your ass(okay- arm) out if you don't get it thrown. I love them for those warmer windy spring days. I just haven't found them to be all that useful in the extreme cold and when cold and wet...
Cottons just never worked for me. Lol. And maybe they just don't work for me because I live in an area known for it to start pouring rain while the sun is still shining
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    02-10-2013, 10:50 PM
  #78
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Originally Posted by AnrewPL    
I only ever used twisted nylon until I finally got a braided rawhide reata, I couldnít even get a loop formed with it at first, but after a few hours of roping a fencepost, and a very sore arm, I actually came to prefer it, just has a special feel to it that nothing else I have ever swung has. But the upshot of it all is that Iím absolutely terrible at roping anyway, usually couldnít hit a barn wall if I tried to rope inside the barn. But itís still fun to try.
I use an underwear analogy for choosing ropes and marriage for roping in general, it is the most fun yet frustrating thing you will do in your life!

(I have to work really hard to be less than mediocre at it..LOL)
     
    02-10-2013, 10:53 PM
  #79
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AnrewPL    
I only ever used twisted nylon until I finally got a braided rawhide reata, I couldn’t even get a loop formed with it at first, but after a few hours of roping a fencepost, and a very sore arm, I actually came to prefer it, just has a special feel to it that nothing else I have ever swung has. But the upshot of it all is that I’m absolutely terrible at roping anyway, usually couldn’t hit a barn wall if I tried to rope inside the barn. But it’s still fun to try.
Point at whatever your aiming to catch. For some odd reason, it makes your loop go in the direction you want it to. After trying to rope a bucket off my horse for three days straight when I was six years old, my uncle finally came out, yanked me off my horse and told me that. Lol! But I agree, nothing has the feel of rawhide.
     
    02-10-2013, 10:55 PM
  #80
Trained
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Originally Posted by Wanstrom Horses    
Cottons just never worked for me. Lol. And maybe they just don't work for me because I live in an area known for it to start pouring rain while the sun is still shining
LOL! For sure!
They have the knack for being very inconsistant too. There is some we have bought and hated or didn't last long and some that were great from the beginning and lasted years, others that were thrown over the fence because they were horrible in the beginning until broke in.
Not going to lie, they are fun when you slide a lot of rope and they blow a bunch of white smoke...tee hee!
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