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Good Balance

by Ryan Davis on 08/31/15

August 2015


Summertime is upon us. It has been a hot and for many a wet summer. As the skies are bright and the warm temperatures are still out, many are looking forward and getting ready for what lies ahead on the team roping trail. Finals – Finals – Finals! From your local rodeo sanctioning body to the USTRC, World Series and NTRL Final events, the next few month will find many preparing for that chance to win big!

With the Fall months approaching and the chances of filling their pockets with a lot of cash at these events comes that time to really prepare. That means more time in the roping pen fine tuning every aspect of the sport of team roping. For many this is the time of year to make it or break it. However, is there such a thing as too much practice? Too much pressure on our horses?

We went to our friend Charles Pogue to see how to balance the time spent practicing versus the time spent outside the arena fence. Many ropers understand that too many runs can actually be detrimental to their horse and that is why a quality practice is often more important than the quantity.

“I think it is really important to ride your hoses outside the arena,” Charles said. “A guy can’t just rope on their horse all the time. I usually try to rope two to three times per week, run a few head and score a few, but I try to put a mile or two on my good horses every day.”

This may not seem like the right course of action when really wanting to be prepared. Practicing roping is what many believe will improve their skills, but to answer that Charles added, “In my experience my horses seem to be in better shape when they are rode outside and they feel more like performing when I do rope.”

For many, time is an issue. Full-time jobs often get in the way of quality roping practice and every minute spent in the arena seems to be quality time practicing for those big events.

“I understand many guys have jobs and don’t have the time to do as much as others,” added Charles. “They want to get home and rope, but I feel it is worthwhile for them to trade a little bit of time in the arena with time just in the saddle. I also believe that keeping your horse in shape will help them avoid injury when they compete.”

We continued with Charles on what to watch for in order to notice if we are putting too much pressure on our horses inside the arena?

“If they start not wanting to score, seem to be on the muscle or just not working, I would say they are needing a break,” Charles answered. “Good exercise outside the arena will help take the edge off. It allows the horse to relax.”

Charles also added a few tips for those who may not have enough time in the day to keep their horses in shape.

“I always suggest to those who don’t have the time to exercise their horses daily to at least turn them out into a pasture if you can,” he said. “Let them work out any soreness on their own. They will get more exercise that way than just standing in a stall all day.”

So as the big events start coming into view, be sure to keep a good balance between practice and conditioning. Keep your horses exercised and ready for competition with a solid schedule of both inside and outside the roping pen.

Be sure to tune into TotalTeamRoping.com for more tips from Charles and the rest of the TTR pros. They are adding more and more videos from more past and current top ropers each month. Pick up a tip that can and will give you that edge to be among some of this year’s biggest winners.

Live or Mechanical

by Ryan Davis on 08/31/15

July 2015

To the practice pen we go!

Each and every day ropers all across the country saddle up to practice their roping skills in order to hone their abilities to rope faster and more consistent. They load up their steer, break out their roping machines or just ride their horses, there are hundreds of practice options for ropers to do in order to get better. From pros to beginners the only way to the pay window is through hard work in the practice pen.

That brings us to the question for this month. With the price of roping cattle soaring more and more ropers are turning to roping machines. But, can these machines really aid your ability to get better? Doesn’t roping live cattle give you the most realistic practice? We went to our friend Bret Beach, at TotalTeamRoping.com this month with the question; What is better to practice on – Live cattle or a roping machine? And we were surprised at his answer.

“It depends on what you want to do that day,” Bret answered. “There are times you need to rope live cattle, but really I get more out of roping a sled when I really want to work on different aspect of my roping.”

“A roping machine allows you to control the situation so much better letting you really practice on certain things,” he added. “If you want to work on your horse, your loop, delivery; it doesn’t matter if you’re a header or a heeler a roping sled allows you to do that much more efficiently.”

Today’s roping machines are designed to give you realistic roping options, but the great thing about the machines is you have total control over your practice. There is no guesswork about what the steer or your partner might do.

“Roping a machine really allows you to focus on what you want to practice,” said Bret. “You can control the speed, focus on your horse, and get everything right. You do not need to react to what a live steer might do throughout a run allowing you to totally focus. And, if it is not right you can stop and start again.”

 

Taking the steer equation out of the picture makes the difficulty of team roping go down. This is great for beginners and pros alike. There are hundreds of things you can do with a roping machine that you just cannot consistently work on with live cattle.

“I rope the sled a lot, especially when I need to work on certain aspects of my roping,” Bret admitted. “Everything becomes very simplified when you can control  everything throughout the run.”

Bret added that there is a time when you need to practice on live cattle, but gives some good advice on how to do this as well.

“Ropers do need to rope live cattle in order to prepare for the obstacles that can come up throughout a run, Bret said. “However, ropers need to rope a variety of cattle. If a guy has 10 steers, he or she needs to have three fast steers, three or four solid medium steers and a couple slow ones. A good variety of cattle to rope allows you to work on different aspects that may come up at a roping.”

Brett stated, “There is nothing worse than practicing on hard running cattle all the time and asking for your horse for his life every time.”

With the high price of roping cattle, many ropers are turning to roping machines for their practice sessions. According to Bret, this is a great option and allows ropers to really focus on certain aspects in a much more controlled environment. The need to rope live cattle is still a viable aspect of practice, but the option of a roping machine offers ropers quality practices that allows a roper to really focus.

“If ropers really focus and practice right on a roping machine they cannot only rope better, but really get their horse working better as well,” concluded Bret. “The difficulty goes way down allowing you to focus much more easily.”

High Oh, High Oh, its to the practice pen we go! But don’t forget to bring along TotalTeamRoping.com for much more insight into the thousands of tips and the hundreds of instructional videos that they offer from some of the best in the business. Be sure to practice to get better with TotalTeamRopign.com and also catch them TotalTeamRoping on RFD–TV for even more great ways to improve your roping!

Live or Mechanical

by Ryan Davis on 08/31/15

To the practice pen we go!

 

Each and every day ropers all across the country saddle up to practice their roping skills in order to hone their abilities to rope faster and more consistent. They load up their steer, break out their roping machines or just ride their horses, there are hundreds of practice options for ropers to do in order to get better. From pros to beginners the only way to the pay window is through hard work in the practice pen.

 

That brings us to the question for this month. With the price of roping cattle soaring more and more ropers are turning to roping machines. But, can these machines really aid your ability to get better? Doesn’t roping live cattle give you the most realistic practice? We went to our friend Bret Beach, at TotalTeamRoping.com this month with the question; What is better to practice on – Live cattle or a roping machine? And we were surprised at his answer.

 

“It depends on what you want to do that day,” Bret answered. “There are times you need to rope live cattle, but really I get more out of roping a sled when I really want to work on different aspect of my roping.”

 

“A roping machine allows you to control the situation so much better letting you really practice on certain things,” he added. “If you want to work on your horse, your loop, delivery; it doesn’t matter if you’re a header or a heeler a roping sled allows you to do that much more efficiently.”

 

Today’s roping machines are designed to give you realistic roping options, but the great thing about the machines is you have total control over your practice. There is no guesswork about what the steer or your partner might do.

 

“Roping a machine really allows you to focus on what you want to practice,” said Bret. “You can control the speed, focus on your horse, and get everything right. You do not need to react to what a live steer might do throughout a run allowing you to totally focus. And, if it is not right you can stop and start again.”

 

Taking the steer equation out of the picture makes the difficulty of team roping go down. This is great for beginners and pros alike. There are hundreds of things you can do with a roping machine that you just cannot consistently work on with live cattle.

 

“I rope the sled a lot, especially when I need to work on certain aspects of my roping,” Bret admitted. “Everything becomes very simplified when you can control  everything throughout the run.”

 

Bret added that there is a time when you need to practice on live cattle, but gives some good advice on how to do this as well.

 

“Ropers do need to rope live cattle in order to prepare for the obstacles that can come up throughout a run, Bret said. “However, ropers need to rope a variety of cattle. If a guy has 10 steers, he or she needs to have three fast steers, three or four solid medium steers and a couple slow ones. A good variety of cattle to rope allows you to work on different aspects that may come up at a roping.”

 

Brett stated, “There is nothing worse than practicing on hard running cattle all the time and asking for your horse for his life every time.”

 

With the high price of roping cattle, many ropers are turning to roping machines for their practice sessions. According to Bret, this is a great option and allows ropers to really focus on certain aspects in a much more controlled environment. The need to rope live cattle is still a viable aspect of practice, but the option of a roping machine offers ropers quality practices that allows a roper to really focus.

 

“If ropers really focus and practice right on a roping machine they cannot only rope better, but really get their horse working better as well,” concluded Bret. “The difficulty goes way down allowing you to focus much more easily.”

 

High Oh, High Oh, its to the practice pen we go! But don’t forget to bring along TotalTeamRoping.com for much more insight into the thousands of tips and the hundreds of instructional videos that they offer from some of the best in the business. Be sure to practice to get better with TotalTeamRopign.com and also catch them TotalTeamRoping on RFD–TV for even more great ways to improve your roping!