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post #1 of 4 Old 12-17-2013, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Training The Oldie to Handle a Rope.

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?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-17-2013, 02:02 PM
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Pretty much anything you do with the rope will help the horse become desensitized to it. So, in my opinion, you're doing fine.

My friends and I swing our ropes while horseback a lot. Even if the horse isn't being trained for roping. And we throw them (the ropes), too. At rocks, at sagebrush, at nothing. We also keep our horses moving at times while gathering the coils back up. Toward the end of recoiling the ropes, it may bump the horse on the rear end. They need to get used to that anyway.

If you are going to pull anything, do you know how to dally so you don't lose any fingers? You probably do since you said you roped last summer and you probably have people who can answer questions in person.
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Great to know I'm starting out right. I was taught to dally so no worries there. 😉
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once you have him solid with the rope swing all around him, then start pulling stuff with him, as you pull something light, move the rope all around him so that he will feel the rope rubbing against him; also, put the rope under his tail and move it back and don't want that to happen the first time while you are on him.
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