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post #1 of 19 Old 07-26-2013, 03:04 AM Thread Starter
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Perfect breakaway ropes?

Hey newby over here, um what ropes and sizes do you like for breakaway roping? I've been practicing roping at a standstill with some old ropes my barn has, but I have no clue to the size or brand of them. This would be so helpful if some of you could help point me in the right direction. Thank you!!!!
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-26-2013, 02:27 PM
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I use the 28' rattler striker 4-strand calf rope. Its a little bit thicker/stiffer than others and has a balanced weight to it so my throw doesn't vary too much.

Any good calf rope brand will do you good. It all depends on your roping style and what you feel is comfortable. Some like the light soft ropes better.

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post #3 of 19 Old 07-27-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I just nabbed a rope off the clearance rack at the local farm store. Probably not the best but I really wanted something to practice with at home since I can't take the ones from the barn home. I got a 31' by fast back ropes any good?
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It's not bad, anything you can practice with is fine. You'll learn what you like and want in a rope.

How you handle the rope is more important then what rope.
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That'll work fine. Like phly said it all depends on your style so if your practicing with a certain type and that's what works for you then your good.

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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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Ok cool :) do people mostly like a thinner or thicker rope?

Today at my sisters I spent a good hour roping EVERYTHING in their backyard- dogs, toy lawn misers, chairs, toy cars, people ha ha I officially have 2 large blisters on my right hand- but I was able to successfully rope numerous objects! :)
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Oops toy 'lawn mower'
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Oh yeah, wear a glove. ;)
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The biggest blister has almost gone down- it's about the size of quarter right at the base of my index finger. I want to practice a little each day. My husband learned to rope as a kid so it's been fun having him give me pointers from what he can remember :)
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