I just paid $1.50 for a fiberglass fence pole at Fleet Farm.. ha ha "Ripped off" two of the black caps that covered their ends and super-glued them to both ends after drilling a hole through one so I could get a string through there. Then I wrapped some electrical tape around the bottom of the cap things so it had a little more bulk for a handle. Then I whipped up my own leather popper from scrap leather laying around. Works a charm and it didn't even cost me $7.
And it only took all of 10 minutes to do. The sting was some rope I had lying around and the leather was left over from making chinks, and the electrical tape I ripped off from my grandpa.
I love it and it doesn't even look half bad actually and its lasted for years.
Smrobs, are you talking about those beef show sticks with the little hookers on them? Beef - Show Sticks
I've seen my grandpa use those on the occasional "difficult-to-cinch" horse.