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Old 07-22-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
Steve C
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I have set up my self teaching program to learn how to ranch rope. I have wanted to learn for quite some time but have only recently aquired a roping saddle so now I am all keen. I have had some basic instruction but would love some pointers from some experienced ropers, as in how big a loop should I practice with whilst learning and any other suggestions. Are ther any good instructional dvds available?

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Old 07-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Default Buck Brannaman's Roping DVDs?

Hi Steve
My teacher David Stuart recommended Buck Brannaman's DVDs on roping. You can buy them from Eclectic Horseman (eclectic-horseman.com). I've just ordered the basics one, so I look forwards to learning from it!. I've just started throwing ropes but without a clue of what I'm doing, apart from watching Dave roping a little! Let us know how you get on
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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Check out the DVD "There's Roping To Do" by Joe Wolter, one of the best instructional video's out there.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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Both Brannaman and Wolter are good sources. If you want to know a lot more about why and how this style of roping is used then a good DVD source is BRANDING Roping & Stock Handling Techniques
in the Great Basin & Old California Traditions
Traditional Stockmanship Series: Volume 1
which you can also get from Eclectic Horseman.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:21 PM   #5
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Hi Steve,

Learning to rope and rope good is not something that can be learned from watching a video. It is something that takes a lot of practice, dedication and good ropers willing to teach. I would strongly suggest getting in touch with someone that can teach in person so as not to pick up bad habits.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:32 PM   #6
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I am a self taught roper and I have been roping 20 years now. I didn't have anyone to teach me but I figured out the basics and advanced my skills with the most important element of roping that no one has touched on and that is PRACTICE. I have spent countless hour roping a dumby, heal friends and family, and any chance I have gotten to rope cattle. I have learned some advanced shots from watching videos and some from trial and error. I have taught several people how to rope over the years and feel very confident in my own roping skills. You will have times that you get extremely frustrated Steve but don't give up. Be patient and keep practicing, you will get there. Don't be afraid to ask questions there are plenty of good ropers that are willing to help. Roping and good horses are my passion.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:33 PM   #7
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I agree 100% that practice is the key. I have received some guidance from a couple of friends that are pretty handy ropers. The trouble here in Australia is that there is very few who practice Ranch Roping, there are plenty of sport ropers competing in rodeos but I am more interested in the more traditional style.

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:33 PM   #8
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I have never been into speed roping myself. I will team rope every once in a while but I am a ranch roper. I don't like that lack of horseman ship in a lot of small town speed ropers.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:06 AM   #9
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IMHO, a lot of arena sportsmen, ropers, barrel racers, etc., have become "specialists" whose skills would never "work" in real-life ranching situations. A lot of "performance" horses are nigh unto unrideable outside an arena.
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" A lot of performance horses are nigh unto unrideable outside an arena"... you sure hit the nail on the head there flying collie, Well said!
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