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  • How to take care of your breakaway rope
  • Taking care of a calf rope

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    07-24-2012, 04:31 PM
Green Broke
Just be careful with reatas....theyre sadistic. They don't have as much give as a poly or a nylon. competition ones (i have a competiton rope for breakaway and heeling) are pampered. I have a rope case for em that they stay in until my rodeo.

My practice rope though....poor thing is so abused. Hah its been hanging out on the arena fence since I left at christmas haha. I don't do anything for that one but I do wax my competition ropes.
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    07-24-2012, 04:39 PM
For calf roping grass ropes are my favorite but they take a lot to maintain but nothing feels as good when they are at just the right moisture! Do either of you use them at all for break away roping? Haven't seen many breakaway ropers use them and never really understood why?
    07-24-2012, 04:45 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by HanginH    
Does your hsband braid/twist his own retas? I have a steer hide in the wifes freezer right now that I have been waiting to make into rawhide and my plan was to braid one but at this rate it might never happen! I have never roped with one but would love to try it just to say I have and they are supposed to have lots of life in them.
Could have used one on sunday when we treated 10 heifers with bad eyes out at my uncles place.
No he doesn't. He doesn't have a whole lot of interest in braiding. Every once in a while he will put some knots on things but that's it.
He has a buddy up in OR that is pretty handy braider. That's is who he gets his from. He does a nice job.

I have just roped a dummy with one and yes they have a lot of life. You don't have to swing hard and fast,
They float. Everyone seems to really like them for roping and branding in the pens.

I suppose if you ever get some strings cut and braid your own you wont cry too long if you accidently strand one! LOL I am scared to strand one in an inconvenient spot and it not be fixable....there is a few hundred bucks down the drain..and an ass chewin'! LOL

If you make one up you will have to post some pics :)
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    07-24-2012, 04:53 PM
Green Broke
I know absolutely nothing about grass ropes! Do tell...what are they similar to? How do you maintain them?
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    07-24-2012, 04:58 PM
Green Broke
Grass ropes? I've never heard of em.

Are they thicker than a poly or nylon rope?

Souns like they would probably be heavier and that may be why you don't see them in breakaway as much. I wouldnt want to burn the extra energy on a heavy rope.

I like the light ones, they swing faster and its all about the speed you get em up and thrown to catch.
    07-24-2012, 05:13 PM
Grass ropes are made from well grass I guess (think the old school ones were made from Hemp) and they have really good feel with lots of body. They come in the same sizes as any other calf ropes from 9mm-10mm. Just about all pro calf ropers use them for rodeos as they have absolutely zero stretch in them compared to a nylon rope or even a poly rope. When they are feeling really good they feel similar to a poly rope but I find them easier to get up and swinging because of the extra body and don't tend to collapse on themselves as much. Just like all ropes I think it is just personal preference.
The problem with grass ropes if the weather affects them way more than any other rope that I have tried or used. If they are to dry they become very floppy and lose all their body. If there is too much moisture in them then they will get stiffer than a heel rope so you have to throw them in the oven or leave them out in the sun to dry out a bit. When I was calf roping lots I had about four different grass ropes that would be at varying levels so when I got to a rodeo if it was damp out one would stiffen up to the consistancy that I would like. If it was to hot I would have a different one that had a bit of extra moisture in it that I could let dry out a bit while I warmed up and usually felt pretty good by the time I roped.
They take lots of babying but they are the best rope for calf roping in my opinion but they make terrible practice ropes because they can change so much from run to run.

Also with these types of ropes you need to Keep them in a sealed rope can that helps keep the moisture consistant. Also spraying them with baby powder keeps moisture out of the rope and helps maintain them better.
    07-24-2012, 05:16 PM
Green Broke
Thats really interesting.hmmmm
I personally don't think I would want to use lazy and the most I wanna do with my rope before a competition is wax it maybe and shake it out to get ready haha. Im not that dedicated and I would probably end up getting mad at the rope!

But they sound super nice if your willing to take care of em! I may just have to get one to mess around with one day.
    07-24-2012, 05:24 PM
They are a different beast and they can be extremly frustrating at times but its worth it in the end for me.
Also if you get one make sure you ask if its been burned or sometimes double burned. Most of the time the there will be small grass fibers that stick out and usually them burn them to get them off. All the grass ropes that I have bought have been burned but they still feel kind of like a horse hair Mecate till they get used a few times. I have gotten the odd grass sliver from a new rope so beware!!!

Also new ropes tend to be really stiff so I just check to make sure the hondo is straight and don't even bother swining it at the store. Take it home turn the oven on to its lowest setting and throw it in for maybe 20 minutes. Out some roping gloves on take it out and give her a few practice swings and if it feels really stiff throw it back in for some more time. If it feels just a bit to stiff leave it out and let it sit till its cool and it will probably be the right stiffness. If it comes out like a limp noodle don't worry just throw it in grass in some shade and it will obsorbe some moisture and stiffen back up.

Have a good one!!
    07-24-2012, 05:37 PM
Green Broke
I would love to try one even though I don't do much roping competitively.
Sounds similar to using a cotton but obviously it must be a faster rope if you guys use it for calf roping. Ususally even if we are roping horned cattle for ranch rodeos I still use a poly and rope like if I was roping outside.

Where do you get them from? Is there a brand/maker that you prefer?
    07-24-2012, 06:46 PM
Not sure wear the best place to get them would be but I am sure NRS(National Ropers Supply) would carry them. I have used the Bad Ass Grass ropes and really like them and have heard that Mike Johnson has a grass rope line that they sell as well that are really good. Two other companys off the top of my head would be Willard Ropes and The Rope Company make some nice ropes as well.

If you are ever at a pro rodeo and its nice and muddy out you can sometimes find ropes out back that calf ropers have thrown away because they are old and now muddy. I've gabbed a few of them up and just wash them off with the hose and treat like a new rope and they have turned out to be decent practice ropes.

On a side note grass ropes tend to be quite a bit cheeper here in Canada than the poly ropes and I find they last just as long or longer when they are properly looked after.

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