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    07-28-2013, 08:29 PM
If I was break away roping I'd probably go by an extra soft or extra extra soft heading rope. The couple times I did it I just used my heading rope, but I think for breakaway the softer the better?

If I took it up, I'd go buy a calf roping rope or a ranch rope and cut it down it 30 feet or so.
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    07-28-2013, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
Depends on what you like for the rope. I like a heavier one since my ranch rope and heeling rope are both heavier as well. It all depends on you.

Forgot to mention gloves :/ haha I never use em but yaaaay for roping random objects! I personally find roping my friends just as fun as roping itself lol

Oooh you and hubby can be a roping team then ;P
    07-29-2013, 06:49 PM
Ok I don't know if this is normal, but the rope I got is super stiff and feels like it's coated in a wax? Totally normal or should I be practicing with something else?
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    07-29-2013, 07:26 PM
Team roping ropes are all waxy brand new.
You can sprinkle baby powder on them to soften them up!
    07-29-2013, 07:58 PM
Ah thanks for the tip!!! Another way stupid question is it ok to learn to breakaway rope with one of these kinds? The waxy ones that is.
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    07-29-2013, 08:07 PM
I know a lot of people that used their heading ropes for team roping in HS rodeo and used the same rope for breakaway - so yes its all right! It don't matter what rope you use you just gotta remember one thing - tip down!
    07-29-2013, 08:17 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, I would use a poly calf rope for break away. Calf/break away roping is different than heading steers.

Poly calf ropes come in different blends, strands, lays and diameters. It wouldn't hurt to go the tack store and swing a bunch and see what feels good to you.

This girl and horse is pretty handy, she ropes him on the cross over and the hondo hits the same place, right on the shoulder. Notice where her tip is, different than heading team roping steers. If you rope like your heading you will rope around the eyes.

Do you have anyone to help you? I got some bad habits from roping too much by myself and I still struggle with those habits. I wish I would of had more help and done it right instead of years of fighting bad habits.
But I think once you start doing it you'll love it! Roping is as the most fun you can have with your clothes on ..LOL!

ETA: I have been to some rodeos that used the roping steers for the break away roping so in that instance I did use a nylon head rope.
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    07-29-2013, 09:20 PM
Green Broke
Roping with a heading/heeling rope won't hurt you but if you're planning on getting serious with breakaway I would suggest a good calf rope.

Calf ropes are typically heavier and thicker and the swing is COMPLETELY different from breakaway.
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    07-31-2013, 01:05 AM
Thanx! I want to try out more ropes, but I got this one on a great deal so I figured it would be a safe place to start :)
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