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post #1 of 9 Old 03-18-2014, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Want to start roping

Me and a friend of mine really want to teach ourselves to rope. The problem is, we are both clueless when it comes to what kind of ropes we will need. Are there even different kinds? I think I am going to get a used one off of ebay because I honestly don't want to spend 40-50$ on a new one. I've also seen several on ebay that say "for decoration or craft projects", and they are usually a lot cheaper. Are those usable or are they messed up somehow? Any advice?

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Yes, generally speaking, ropes that are sold as "decorative" aren't safe to use for actual roping because they usually have a weak spot in them. That wouldn't be a huge thing for practice except the weak spots often make the ropes swing funny. You'll probably go through countless different brands/styles/stiffness before you find one that you like. Personally, I like the xtra soft Cactus Hypnotic ropes, but I know others who don't.

My best advice, get you a hay bale, a plastic steer head (or a horned steer skull) and get to roping. Browse around on youtube for instructional videos. When you can consistently catch the plastic steer head from different distances and positions, then you're ready to start roping the plastic head from the back of a horse. When you can rope it consistently from every direction and distance with the horse standing still, then you're ready to start roping it with the horse moving past it.

Have you ever handled/been around cattle? If not, then when you get to the point that you might be ready to start on live critters, you'll need to find someone who has some roping steers. Also, at that point, you'll really need to start lessons somewhere because trying to handle a rope and 2 critters with minds of their own is challenging to say the least....and dangerous too.

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You might find out if there is a roping school in your area, here in Texas they are every where. I like a good 4 strand poly rope, so Smrobs is correct in saying everybody has their favorites.
these guys have a 4 part tutorial there are other good ones on youtibe as well. The one I really want to find I cant cuz it keeps bogging down my work computer.
Also, find other ropers and talk to them. Generally speaking we are good folks and love to help out.
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I think me and my friend are going to split the cost of a plastic steer head. I found this after I put the thread up, would one of these be good for beginning? It probably won't be the best rope in the world but shouldn't it serve it's purpose for practicing?

Used Team Roping Head or Heel Ranch Rope Lariat Cowboy | eBay


I've been around cows occasionally, about three years ago I helped a guy run his new steers through the arena so they would know where to go when they were actually being roped, but that's about it.
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I think me and my friend are going to split the cost of a plastic steer head. I found this after I put the thread up, would one of these be good for beginning? It probably won't be the best rope in the world but shouldn't it serve it's purpose for practicing?

Used Team Roping Head or Heel Ranch Rope Lariat Cowboy | eBay
A used rope is likely to have some breaks or kinks in it that make it hard to swing, and unbalanced to throw.
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Start with an extra soft 3 strand. I would recommend the fast back mach 3, it is still used by the current world champion header. They sell most places for around $32.

I would not get a used rope to start with..it want feed correctly and will have a "curl" in it that will most likely make it unusable, and will make your learning curve much steeper.
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I have a friend that ropes and she told me that I should get a used one because the new ones are a pain in the butt to use until you break them in. Is that true?
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http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/UL2445\

Would this be a good compromise? Its only been used 4-5 times
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