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post #81 of 89 Old 02-10-2013, 09:57 PM
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Yeah, I guess part of it is we don’t really have a big tradition of it in Australia, part of the reason stock saddles don’t have a horn on them. I have seen some old codgers in the NT do it though, they would typically use twisted rawhide and have the rope attached to the saddle rigging or sometimes they would put a collar on the horse (the kind of thing you rig a horse up with to pull a wagon) and attach it to that. Any time I start a horse I always get them trained to it to my best ability, so that if someone wants to train them for it properly later on the horse at least know what a rope swinging around them is and can do the basics. .But it is fun.
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post #82 of 89 Old 02-10-2013, 11:36 PM
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I love playing around with ropes, from my experience the braided nylon ropes kink really bad. Cotton ones are fun to throw, but they require more maintenance and aren't as good in the cold weather. The four strand poly is the most consistent for me. But I have a lot of ropes, the maguey rope can be fun but smokes pretty bad. The best thing to do is buy a rope and start throwing it at everything. (except other people of course) I like to teach my horses on the fence, I rope a fence post and run a little line. I like them to get to where they know how to feel the tension coming down the line and I can work the rope off the fence. By using the fence pole it puts a lot less stress on the horse and prepares them for when they will be in a working situation.
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post #83 of 89 Old 02-10-2013, 11:39 PM
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Ranch Rope by Oxbox Tack Premium Braided 60' $59

Here's a link if I did it right, Cowchick, its in Iowa of all places. You gotta find a distributor for Oxbow Tack. They make the heavy ones, I've seen chincey lightweight ones you couldn't swing in a 10 mph wind, much less throw. And if ya got ta chase somethin down, that's a automatic 30 mph windDon't know who else makes em, but I know Oxbows are what I have now.
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post #84 of 89 Old 02-10-2013, 11:50 PM
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I love playing around with ropes, from my experience the braided nylon ropes kink really bad. Cotton ones are fun to throw, but they require more maintenance and aren't as good in the cold weather. The four strand poly is the most consistent for me. But I have a lot of ropes, the maguey rope can be fun but smokes pretty bad. The best thing to do is buy a rope and start throwing it at everything. (except other people of course) I like to teach my horses on the fence, I rope a fence post and run a little line. I like them to get to where they know how to feel the tension coming down the line and I can work the rope off the fence. By using the fence pole it puts a lot less stress on the horse and prepares them for when they will be in a working situation.


That’s kind of like how I try doing it. I also went out and got a break away hondo. I lost a rope once in some thick scrub (Utah style rope holder slipped of over the horn) and the only one I could get to replace it at the time was a bright pink one, I felt like a twit carting it around on my saddle, very un manly like, I put the breakaway hondo on it and would rope cattle as I was tailing them along in the paddock. Didn’t like the hondo sometimes coming back straight at me though.
I’d occasionally rope my cattle dog too, he didn’t like it much and would take off if he saw the rope come out, besides I felt like a bit of a tool roping a mutt too.

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the only one I could get to replace it at the time was a bright pink one, I felt like a twit carting it around on my saddle, very un manly like,
You weren't "tough enough to wear pink?"

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Well I carted the pink rope around a lot, though I never liked it I was looking forward to the day I had used it enough to fade most of the colour out. I remember a few times running across people while taking cattle along a road and of course, you stop and have a chat with them. I used to get weird enough looks just from riding in a slick fork saddle with a hackamore, the pink rope really topped it all off, I ended up with a reputation for being a bit of an oddball in the area.
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Haha, I have a stubborn blue heeler pup, imagine that!! Spur would always take off after the cattle before I sent him. I tried shock collars and well quite frankly, whopping the daylights outta him, but nothing worked. One day he took of after the cows without me sending him, I was doctoring and already had a loop built, so I roped him and left a little slack, he hit the end of the rope and it popped him on the ground and knocked the wind out of him. Last time he ever went after anything without me sending him. LOL. So don't feel like a tool for roping your dog, I've had to rope some of those stubbirn hangin' tree mutts too and drag them a few feet to get them to understand "that'll do". And AC, that rope wont break. Hmmm, I'd like to put that one to the test, I'm a notorious rope breaker.
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And AC, that rope wont break. Hmmm, I'd like to put that one to the test, I'm a notorious rope breaker.
Yeah they're wrong about that. The guy that made that claim has never used one to pull a round bale with a truck
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Bump back to page one to keep from getting lost in the chaff.

I'm so looking forward to the weather to clear up in your neck of the woods so we can get some videos. I'm just getting my little mare started and I'm looking forward to following along with you as you go.

I'm almost a year into letting Fayde just grow up, fill out and be a horse again after her rough start before I got her. I don't think I'll ever know exactly what happened to her, but I'm guessing it was some wannabe "cowboy" who just climbed on and went to town on her. She was terrified of a saddle on her back or anything flapping around near her hindquarters.

I got her at coming 4 with an 8 month colt on her side and supposedly "green broke". The first time I saddled her up she exploded into a PRCA quality bucking fit and I quickly realized she was way short of even green broke. She has always been a sweet heart, but had no clue what so ever of how to do anything. Lots of ground work and confidence building and we are just about ready to go. She has filled out and is growing up to be a nice stout little mare.

We have just started back with getting her to understand the saddle isn't going to eat her. She is doing real well and has had almost no "Oh my gawd, it's going to kill me!" moments recently. So now we are starting to pack the bridle along with the saddle and hope to be stepping up on her some time soon.

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