Something happened today that reminded me of this thread. My mother-in-law is a barrel racer. Now I'm not putting down rodeos or team ropers, I did alot of rodeoing too. But she said something I had to laugh at. She had just bought a new horse and she was braggin' on him. She told me he was a roping horse. Then she added: "I'm not talking about that pasture roping stuff, this boy's a REAL ROPE HORSE. He had 30 days of team roping training!!!" Me and my wife LOL'd in her face
We had an all girl ranch rodeo last spring, our team never ridden together, let alone practiced together. But one of the girls on the team is a hard core team roper. I am by no means bashing team ropers, this girl can team rope(she has the buckles, money and trailers to prove it! More than I could ever think about winning!) However if they ain't running straight down the arena and they aren't on the left side of that steer,they have a hard time figuring out how to rope them. Where as I like one coming from the left to the right perpendicular to me to for the best chance of necking one.( choking one a little has it advantages) So trying to help set up a shot for her was hard for me(thinking I was setting up a good shot-not so much) and she had no idea how to set up my shot where I could catch best.
Either way we ended up 2nd overall in the rodeo, but it really pounded home the difference in roping styles! Roping is not just roping. And team roping wasn't the birth of all roping.