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    02-02-2013, 12:17 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
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.

SH, I would love to know who the dumb ass is that designs these classes for you guys. Not sure why they don't model your classes using ASHA, SHOT or other ranch horse show organizations so if guys decide to show anywhere else you are prepared to do so.

I remember last year when had posted about in the roping part of your ranch hand class they wanted to see you leaning forward or standing in your stirrups. That is team roping, not ranch roping. Leaning is bad form in ranch roping and on some smart, quirky ranch horses will buck your ass off if you lean out or get off your pockets.
And like smrobs pointed out I have never seen or done myself, put my coils under my arm. If my rope is down my coils are in my hand. And if I have a large loop built and I am chasing something through tall brush I will tuck the bottom of my loop up under my arm so it doesn't get caught on the brush.

Good luck!
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    02-03-2013, 11:21 PM
  #12
Trained
Hahahaha you guys, I was totally talking to my trainer last minute about this and she threw a fit about storing coils under our arms too. So I showed her the exact wording of the pattern, and she goes "...You dumbo. It says loop under your arm and coils in your other hand."

I'm dyslexic okay?

Anyway I placed fourth even with just barely dragging the log (My poor pony was NOT prepared for how heavy that was, it was heavier than previous years o.o Everyone else had trouble too though and they had bigger horses so it wasn't just me) That puts me in a VERY good position for qualifying for state.

As for the leaning forward, it says "Athlete should come slightly forward in the saddle while increasing tempo of the lope" (Which was when I was swinging it, on a large fast circle like in a reining pattern)

I wish we could of gotten it on video, except for the log part it was a beautiful pattern on Selena's part!
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