A horse that has been properly trained to the rope (which, BTW, if they are afraid of it, they have not been properly trained), is an invaluable tool to a working cowboy (or girl
). To be able to down a calf/steer/cow on the rope, tie off to the horn, and step off to go down to doctor it is a commonly taught, and much sought after ability in a good horse.
We do it a bit differently though as we don't ride with mecate sets. We call the horse forward by pulling on the actual rope, smooching, and saying "Come here". To stop them is a simple "Whoa" and to back them up is "Back up".
Mike that is interesting. Even though I knew about the roping thing, I never really connected it with the *******ized NH version. I guess you learn something new every day.