I've decided that I want to teach my horse to rope. While he is an 18 year old Quarab and I only plan to rope the dummy, drag light stuff, and possibly some breakaway. What I want to know is how to desensitize him to the rope. I've started rubbing him down with the coiled rope in my hand from the ground and laying a loop over various parts of his body. I've also tried roping buckets in the barn isle in front of his stall and he doesn't seem to mind to much (hay is much more interesting).
As far as MY experience with a rope goes I have been working a lot on the ground roping just about everything in the yard (buckets, my homemade dummy, fence posts and other things) and have roped from a horse once last summer.
My questions are: Am I making any mistakes so far?
Are there any other ways to get him used to the rope? What would be the next step?
What are the technique differences between arena roping (breakaway, etc.) and ranch roping? I learned ranch roping where I was this summer.
Any other tips for rope training?