Heck just getting used to having 30' of rope while horseback is a challenge at first.
For horse and rider, if your horse hasn't been roped off of, it'll need to learn too.
GOOD horses can lose it when they get caught in the rope, others freak out at the sound.
You practice, play with the horse with the rope, then maybe you'll need to worry about strands, lays, diameter, etcetera.
The key is practice on an off horse back. We've been known to rope everything! Chairs, poles, bumpers, etc.
Oh, by the way, MOM does not like being heeled or headed. Roped at all for that matter. Be nice :)
But throw as many loops as you can as best you can.
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