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post #11 of 17 Old 05-28-2013, 11:37 PM
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Disregard my B.S., I am talking about a backhand which is not the same as a true houlihan. Apparently my pixelated view still can't tell the differnce in the video boots posted! LOL! I think I shall tuck my tail and leave :)

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post #12 of 17 Old 05-29-2013, 12:13 AM
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Kind of rope I should buy to start out with?
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-29-2013, 07:24 AM
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Kind of rope I should buy to start out with?
Lots of opinions on which rope to use. But, I'll suggest my favorite. I like an extra soft (XS), or extra extra soft (XXS), 3/8" poly for most everything. My new favorite is a 40' rope. I don't think that would be a good choice for arena roping, but it works for slow work and doctoring in my world.

COWCHICA - I can't do a backhand without catching nothing but myself! And that was on a good day. I did get to whap the poor horse on the head while I was trying, but I don't think that added points. I've never competed anywhere but against each other at work (which is brutal), but you'd think the others would have given me some credit for staying on when ole Dobbin took off sideways.
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Disregard my B.S., I am talking about a backhand which is not the same as a true houlihan. Apparently my pixelated view still can't tell the differnce in the video boots posted! LOL! I think I shall tuck my tail and leave :)
that's ok. Ill be trying that one eventually to. Here's a decent video on a backhand turnover.



The best I can tell a true houlihan in only one swing and on release the wrist is turned so your thumb ends down palm out. Of course I could be wrong. My wife ordered me a book on ranch roping by buck brannaman. Hopefully it has good pics so I can learn the right way to practice. I would hate to unlearn some bad muscle memory. Eventually I want to go to a ranch roping comp if I ever find one around here.
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The head stockman on one of the places I worked on in the Territory could throw a mean one of those, though he called it a backhand, but it was all little more than a flick of the wrist with a bit of arm action, no swinging, so I'm guessing it was a Hoolihan. He always used it to catch horses, and he'd have them caught before they knew it. He showed me how to do it but I'm so bad with a rope, despite my efforts, simply by explaining it, its so bad, if your read my description, it would make your roping efforts stupider simply for having read it.
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-31-2013, 06:08 PM
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Kind of rope I should buy to start out with?
Go for a soft or extra soft team roping rope. I personally like "The Heat", and no, not just because it's pink!!!
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-15-2013, 12:21 AM
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What I always call a backhand, kind of a version of a hoolihan

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