Breakaway roping is an exciting sport many people are not familiar with. It is a category of calf roping. A part of a rodeo event, it features a participant on a horse. The calf, on the other hand, is maneuvered in a narrow lane with a chute and a spring-loaded door. The goal of the participant is to throw the rope over the head of the calf while riding a horse.
While it might seem simple in theory, it is a lot complicated in practice. Especially for someone doing it for the first time, things can be confusing. Among others, you will need to understand the loop mechanics. Keep on reading and let’s talk about some of the most important things you need to know.
This is one of the most important since it is what will direct the rope to the head of the calf. One of the most common mistakes a lot of people commit is to throw the rope aimlessly. Obviously, this will result in missing the goal. Instead, you should be swinging the rope. When you concentrate on throwing the rope, you will lose momentum.
To increase the chances that you will be roping the calf, swing the rope first and release it depending on where the target is. Make sure to keep your momentum from the time that you release the rope until your follow-through.
Achieving the right momentum is easier when you try to picture having a ball at the end of the rope. You must feel the weight that you are throwing at the cattle. This makes it easier to throw the rope with the needed force.
Are you going to feed the rope or not? This is the most important question that dictates the right loop size in breakaway roping. This is crucial as it will dictate if you can catch a calf. A good thing to do is to stand on the tip of the rope and stretch it on the top of your head. Make sure as well that the loop size is not too small or too big for the calf head.
This is another important part of the rope as this is going to highly influence whether you will catch the calf on its head or not. It should be angled downward to increase the chances of shooting the rope on the head.
Arm and Wrist Position
Success in breakaway roping is all about your technique. Hence, you need the right position of your arm and wrist. This is one thing that you should practice achieving perfection. Keep an L-position to aim downward. Your arm should be straight from the shoulder. Your forearm and hand, meanwhile, should be above your elbow. This will help improve your efficiency. If you position your hand is above the elbow, then you will fail to achieve the necessary momentum for breakaway roping.