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post #21 of 26 Old 06-04-2013, 07:53 AM
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An old cowboy I know would stake his ropes out on the grass. The stakes were about 4' farther apart than the length of the rope. His reasoning was the early morning grass added moisture and the sun would dry it. Each day he'd tighten the cord. This took place over about a week. When he took it up he'd test it with some mighty fine trick roping.
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I bought some used ropes form a guy not to long ago. They were in pretty good shape as far as I can tell. I got them 3 for $15. i kept the longest and best shape one to play with . One is in my truck tool box for an Oh crap sort of situation if I ever need a rope and the third is on a bridge i made for tail stuff in the arena. i made it and it is heavy as H-LL so i use it to drag around with my horse. Easier for me and gets him used to dragging some weight around.
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Thats such a clever way to recycle a rope though! i do like makin stuff.
Do you just cut one strand out? Does it just come undone or will it ruin the whole rope?
What I do is I'll either cut the honda off or the end knot. Then, it's as simple as unwinding one of the strands the entire length of the rope. Takes forever, but the result is a 3 strand rope that is really soft and flexible so it's easy to tie. Then, I normally tie off the ends again and seal the knots with a soldering iron or a wood burning tool (electric stove burners work too but make your house smell horrible LOL) then so they don't come undone.

There is one kind of rope (I think it might be poly...the kind that calf-ropers use) that will just unwind itself all the way and end up useless as soon as you cut the knot though.
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What I do is I'll either cut the honda off or the end knot. Then, it's as simple as unwinding one of the strands the entire length of the rope. Takes forever, but the result is a 3 strand rope that is really soft and flexible so it's easy to tie. Then, I normally tie off the ends again and seal the knots with a soldering iron or a wood burning tool (electric stove burners work too but make your house smell horrible LOL) then so they don't come undone.

There is one kind of rope (I think it might be poly...the kind that calf-ropers use) that will just unwind itself all the way and end up useless as soon as you cut the knot though.

Sweet- that might make this rope a little looser for me even though its supposed to be a stiff rope- I might try that. Thanks.

tie down calf ropin? This one is a cactus amigo - its a nylon/polly blend- i think it might come undone because of how big the individual strands are- its a pretty big rope! It will fly when you throw it- just cant swing it, lol. not on the ground- i think i could swing it right handed if i stood on a barrel or a chair.. it really wants to make a big loop.

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you can team rope on any breed of horse that is quick/fast enough; the one thing you said that would make your horse less desirable as a roping horse is the thin bones....team roping horses need to have some pretty stout legs, or you are asking to lame him up....he may take some steer stopping, but I would even caution against alot of that--it puts tremendouse strain on the fron legs; another attribute a roping horse needs is a nice hip, which he is able to use--that way when you go to set (slow the horse to bring the cows head up and slow his speed so as to properly start your turn) and then to bring the cow around in the corner...having a nice, big hip helps both of those....now, a heel horse has to stop the cow and itself(and sometimes a head horse....), and again, that puts alot of strain on the legs, and, again, points out the need for a horse to be able to drop that hind end and work it.
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you can team rope on any breed of horse that is quick/fast enough; the one thing you said that would make your horse less desirable as a roping horse is the thin bones....team roping horses need to have some pretty stout legs, or you are asking to lame him up....he may take some steer stopping, but I would even caution against alot of that--it puts tremendouse strain on the fron legs; another attribute a roping horse needs is a nice hip, which he is able to use--that way when you go to set (slow the horse to bring the cows head up and slow his speed so as to properly start your turn) and then to bring the cow around in the corner...having a nice, big hip helps both of those....now, a heel horse has to stop the cow and itself(and sometimes a head horse....), and again, that puts alot of strain on the legs, and, again, points out the need for a horse to be able to drop that hind end and work it.
I agree with you there- the horse i have been riding is only a 14 hander and very fine boned- i wouldnt even ride her if i didnt have too (more of a if i wanna ride- this is what i got type deal) lol.

I do prefer a big ol ranch bred quarter horse over anything- big nice muscular shoulder and chest, big boned, big hind quarter and hip horse- if I had it my way, definitely have a tank of a quarter horse. I fell in love with the 16.3 tank of a quarter mare i used to ride- i could rope anything! My friends little brothers, goats, pigs, cattle, anything! Lol.. never had to kick her to switch leads, she would automatically switch her leads dependin on the direction the (whatever weird thing it was) i had her rope was goin, lol. If only i could find a horse like that for arounf 1500!

love the team roping advise! The dh s gelding is perfect for ropin- he just dont want me messin around with his buddy. hater!
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