Roping and Penning hmmm....

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    10-14-2010, 11:53 PM
Talking Roping and Penning hmmm....

I am so excited! So my green broke mare ,Charm, has gotton the basics done on her like walk, trot, canter, whoa, leg aids(little more work yet), neck reining, lateral movement, and transitions down pat. Although I will be working with her a couple more months on these basics just to make sure she has it stuck in her head.
But anyway my friend has a quarter horse mare that she has been trying to teach penning and roping on and I desided to bring Charm into the arena to just "watch" what she was doing. Basically, my friend was just having her horse herd the one cow in the arena into the pen and holding them there. After about 15 minutes of watching I felt like Charm actually wanted to have a go at it and asked my friend if I could have a try, granted I have done only a fractionally small bit of roping and penning in my life so basically I suck at it. I intended to just let Charm walk or trot the cow into the pen and hold it for as long as I think she could with a my friend helping.
Well, all I can say is that Charm attacked that cow like she has done this all her life. She was so into it that I barely had to touch her and she knew what was needed to be done. I was shocked. I was basically on just for the ride, of course I had complete control of her its just she knew what the game plan was haha.

Anyway I was wondering, since I am a total greenhorn at roping and penning and apparently my girl absolutly adores it and I doubt she will become the barrel horse I wanted her to be, are their any book, articles, websites, DVDs, or tips you can offer me? I will be working with a trainer once a week cause I don't have any idea on how to start but I hope to get some background knowledge before pursuing this.

Like stated above though I won't be starting the training for this for another two months probably or I may work Charm once a week for now on this just because she seems happiest while penning.

Sorry for long post :)
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    10-15-2010, 12:15 AM
Penning is something that you can both learn to do together because there is really not much risk involved in it. The worst thing that could happen really is that you let the cow slip past. I enjoy watching Aaron Ralston's show on RFD-TV because sometimes he has some really good shows (did one recently on how to properly drive/sort/handle cattle for a ranch sorting competition). Charm has got to be cow bred for her to naturally savvy a cow like that. As for roping, I wouldn't suggest trying to learn that together. For a person to learn roping, it is much better if they can ride an old been there/done that horse until they are pretty darn good and comfortable with handling the rope and the cow on the end of it at all times. There are just so many things that can go wrong trying to learn to rope on a green horse (hit the ground a few times myself just for trying LOL). If you want Charm to learn to rope, you might watch some local ropers/ranch hands and see which ones handle horses the way you like and see about having her sent for training with one of them.
    10-16-2010, 05:04 PM
I was hoping you would post smrobs! I always love your advice.

Yah, I heard penning is a "no risk" kinda thing when learning from a green horse. So Ill probably start with penning and learn how to do it along with my friend and her horse. We are hoping in the spring to get seriously involved by going to clinics and watching rodeos in the area.

As for roping, well..... I can't even throw a lasso so I think Ill stay away from it for a while. Haha.

Yah, Charm is part quarter horse and part morgan(?) more quarter. Anyway she grew up with cattle for 4 years and Im thinking that's where she gets her cow savvy.
    10-16-2010, 09:37 PM
LOL, you can practice your swing on the ground before you ever get on a horse and try. It's actually better that way because you can focus on exactly what you are doing without worrying about handling the horse too. You would be surprised at how many pro ropers spent a good portion of their youth standing on their own 2 feet roping fence posts .
    10-16-2010, 11:41 PM
Lol. Good idea! (ill admit Im a bit blonde sometimes) haha

I could practice with the ponies Im thinking too. We have a couple of minies that I can try to lasso up lol. (kiddin, don't want to traumatize the poor old guys).

Thanks Smrobs! Do you rope?
    10-16-2010, 11:52 PM
Yes but not for competition. Mostly what I do is pasture/ranch type roping. That is very different from competition roping.

If the ponies don't mind being roped, that would actually be a very good way to practice. Lots of folks use donkeys for practice animals.

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