Proper way to hold a rope for a ranch class

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    01-31-2013, 02:15 AM
Proper way to hold a rope for a ranch class

I feel really lame for not knowing this, but I show on saturday in a working rancher class and I forgot to check on the "proper" way to hold my rope. The pattern states to enter at the lope with your loop built, and coils stored under your arm. Stop, perform a right rollback, then form a large fast circle while swinging the rope. Throw rope while in motion, stop, dally, and secure it to the saddle.

My lame question is how do I "properly" hold the coils under my arm? I'm assuming I'm holding them in my left arm so I don't send them flying ? Whenever I've roped or practiced the pattern before I never paid a lot of attention to just how I was doing it or whether it was the "right" way. Help would be appreciated.
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    02-01-2013, 12:33 PM
Coils under your arm? O.o I'm boggled.
LOL what do I know? I'm just a lazy-ass team roper XD

Not like this:

I'm sure the judges wouldn't be too impressed if you held your rope like that.

Unless they mean that you're supposed to hold your coils in your left hand and tuck your loop under your right arm. It's kind of the "team roping ready position" or at least, that's what I call it.
    02-01-2013, 12:44 PM
Qhrider. Ok first you want to tighten your coils a little bit. It will clean them up and have them tighter.

Now does your horse know how to neck rein? I'm guessing he does.

What I would do about those reins. Is get a shorter pair. Put a knot right where it sits above the horn.. Use a thin rein. Almost like cord. This will give you ease to loop the rein on your index finger. Gives you more control
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    02-01-2013, 12:49 PM

Uhhm. Everything you said is what I do...

    02-01-2013, 01:07 PM
I just see your coils are out of wack. Tighten them up.

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    02-01-2013, 04:54 PM
For roping at a branding, I'm not peculiar about my coils, because it takes too much time to make every coil even just to throw and have to coil your rope up right away again. If I were to make a team roping run, of course I'd be peculiar about my coils, bu when you have to coil your rope up 50+ times, you get kinda lazy about your coils.

I use wrecked or well used heading ropes for roping calves, so rawhide.
    02-01-2013, 08:29 PM
Green Broke
Haha, no, not lame, as I don't even know how to rope yet (that's on my "to do" list!!!)

So you're wondering how to hold your extra coils under your arm???

Or how to hold the loop in your roping hand?

For the coils, since the rules state to hold them under your arm, I guess I would hold them under your arm (that you'll be holding them with, when you are ready to rope).

But then I would be confused if the rules don't state how you are supposed to put the coils into your riding hand?

Okay, I'll quit rambling now because I don't know the answer either, lol.
    02-01-2013, 08:33 PM
Wow, in a ranch roping class, they want you to keep the coils under your arm? I've never heard of that either and never seen an actual ranch hand do it.
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    02-02-2013, 11:03 AM
Green Broke
Or do you think they mean hold the COIL (your loop coil) under your roping arm? You'll see cowboys doing that sometimes as they get their horse set in the box, by holding their loop under their roping arm, to keep it out of the way.

Either way, I"m confused by these rules too! I looked up some ranch horse competition videos on Youtube and no one is holding the coils under their arm. They either have their rope completely down and just attached to the side of their saddle, or they've got their extra coils in their riding hand like you normally would.
    02-02-2013, 11:19 AM
It would just be natural to have your coils in your left hand, so my guess is that the "coil" they're talking about is your loop so your right hand is also free if you need 2 hands on the reins to do something....? Makes sense, especially for, say, 3 year olds in the class.

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