Breakaway Roping Essays

905 Words May 14th, 2014 4 Pages
“Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect,” says every roper I’ve ever known. The practice pen is somewhere that you choose to either be the best you can be or just average. Practicing is very important, not only to our sport but to any sport known to man. Your first and most common thing to work on in Breakaway Roping is horsemanship. Horsemanship is what carries you to success. Secondly, scoring your calf correctly can differentiate a winning run from being outran. Without being able to score your calf our correctly you will not be able to get a good start, and that is very important. Last are Loop Mechanics ; how you swing, follow through, and pull your slack. Good horsemanship in breakaway …show more content…
If your horse isn't responding properly to your hand, when you pull he pops up or tosses his head, you aren't going to get a good start. Your horse has to be responsive to the bridle, otherwise he'll pop up when you pull on him. That will take away that good, flat start you need. Teaching your horse to leave flat off of your hand is key. In the practice pen, hold your horse still. Hold him with tension on the reins so he's on the bridle. Then, drop your hand really quick and squeeze with your legs, teaching him to move forward off of those two important cues. All of these things lead you to better scoring abilities. Loop mechanics in breakaway roping are built over years of consistent, quality practice roping live calves and the dummy. Loop size, tip angle, arm and wrist position, and most importantly, momentum, all affect your ability to catch every time you nod your head. Here are some fundamental elements to perfecting your swing. Loop size: Loop size depends on whether or not you feed your rope, so size can vary. But, as a rule, I teach that you should stand on the tip of your rope and stretch it up to your head or a little above it. That will generally give you the size of loop you need. Tip angle: The tip of the rope is what catches, so you've got to be sure

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