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Team roping VS barrel racing

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  • Im a roper not a barrel racer
  • team roper verses barell racing

 
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    03-05-2014, 10:44 AM
  #1
Foal
Team roping VS barrel racing

I was just wondering which I should start getting into.. or both? I am not new at riding, but I have never done any rodeos or anything intense like that. I really want to get into rodeoing though! I have a couple of good horses for it, I will just need to train her. I was wondering which was easier for a girl starting out in rodeos? Should I find a partner and do team roping or should I barrel race?

Also, any advice on starting out on either of them?

Thanks in advance!
     
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    03-05-2014, 11:46 AM
  #2
Green Broke
You could certainly do both if you want.

What does your horse enjoy doing?
Is your horse trained for either?
Do YOU know how to rope?

Keep in mind that it takes around 2 years to train a horse for barrels, from start to finish. And close to the same for a dependable team roping horse.
     
    03-05-2014, 11:56 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by beau159    
You could certainly do both if you want.

What does your horse enjoy doing?
Is your horse trained for either?
Do YOU know how to rope?

Keep in mind that it takes around 2 years to train a horse for barrels, from start to finish. And close to the same for a dependable team roping horse.
I have a horse that is a VERY fast learner and I have been practicing roping on the ground and I do pretty well! I do know I have a long ways to go though so I am prepared for some training for myself and my horse. :)

My boyfriend has a horse that has done barrels with her previous owner, she is perfect for it! However, she is definitely HIS horse and doesn't really cooperate well when others ride her most of the time.

My horse could do either seeing as she is a quick learner and is definitely fast enough. I'm just not sure which would be more fit for me and her yet. I guess I will just have to try both out with her and myself!

Starter tips are still appreciated :)
     
    03-05-2014, 11:57 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I'm not a roper myself, so I can't help you in that department. But we have this thread on the barrel racing forum that would be good for you to check out.

Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.
     
    03-05-2014, 12:06 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Roping wise....do you have cows available?

Ground roping is all good and we'll it it help you with your firm but until you know how your horse will work with cows it can't be a cure all.

I say if you do and have a partner ready then go for it. And if you can get a team roping mentor at rodeos to help you out.

Depending on how competitive you want to be...if you want to be super competitive I would concentrate on one and get it down pat before trying for the other.
     
    03-05-2014, 12:57 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by beau159    
I'm not a roper myself, so I can't help you in that department. But we have this thread on the barrel racing forum that would be good for you to check out.

Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.
Thank you!
     
    03-05-2014, 01:19 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Roperchick    
Roping wise....do you have cows available?

Ground roping is all good and we'll it it help you with your firm but until you know how your horse will work with cows it can't be a cure all.

I say if you do and have a partner ready then go for it. And if you can get a team roping mentor at rodeos to help you out.

Depending on how competitive you want to be...if you want to be super competitive I would concentrate on one and get it down pat before trying for the other.
I have two cows in my pasture with my horse. So I know she is used to being around them! Thanks for your advice!
     
    03-05-2014, 01:21 PM
  #8
Green Broke
But of course you'll still need to teach your horse how to properly track a cow for roping, so that they can place you well. And teach them how to wait and break correctly from the box.
     
    03-05-2014, 05:41 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Good!

My best advice would be, if you have small local rodeos, see if you can go and track cows during roping, bring in the new stock etc.

We (ropers) (at least where I used to rope) gaggle sitting near the chutes and chase strays, bring fresh stock and track shots etc. So its a good place to sit, watch and learn....and make contacts to help you down the road ;)
     

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