Tips & Tricks

How to Deliver the Heel Loop?

When it comes to delivering a heel-loop, be aware that you have two options – trapping the steer and scooping or roping the feet. What makes the two different and which one should you choose? Get to know the answers to that through this article.

The Trap Style

If you want to deliver the heel loop by trapping a steer, then remember that the key is to make sure that you do not rotate the loop when you deliver its bottom to the ground. By doing that, you are assured that the heel loop will be at the front of the legs of the steer.

The loop’s bottom will be on the ground while its topmost part will be up, specifically at the hock area. It is also important for the loop to be open in the front part of the steer, making it possible to jump into it.

If you want to further improve your ability to do this famous style of delivering the heel loop, then you can use the legs found on the ground in roping the dummy. In that case, you have to set the loop down, specifically in front. The trap is a bit difficult, though, due to the loop’s steep angle. Despite that, you can practice it regularly in order to figure out how it works and master the style.

The Scooping or Swooping Style

This style is all about entering from a new angle. Basically, the process will be more on dropping out your swing’s back or side portions. You also have to drop down the tip, specifically around the right. It should be close to your stirrup on the right. Aside from that, you have to use the loop’s bottom to sweep it from your feet.

In here, the loop’s bottom should pass beneath your left and right legs. With that, you can let the tip go entirely across your two feet. It should also result in a vertical loop plane.

One advantage of the scooping or swooping style is that you can easily learn it. All that you have to do is to find out the correct delivery angle – the one that your loop should come together with. Moreover, it lets you open up the loop whenever it reaches your right leg’s base. When that happens, you can expect plenty of tips for your feet to come across with depending on what angle it comes from.

Which One Should You Choose?

Your choice between the two styles for delivering heel loops should depend on a couple of factors. One is whether you intend to bring the loop on the topmost part of your steer’s hips. In that case, the most suitable style for you would be the trap style.

Meanwhile, if you tend to come in more from the ground’s surface and along the steer using a trajectory angle, a sign that you need to deliver the loop through the sweeping or scooping style.

Another factor that will have a say on what delivery style you should choose is the swing angle. The reason is that a steep swing angle that you have executed while coming out from your swing’s front side to begin the delivery of the loop may cause you to come out from the delivery at an angle that is more on the topmost part of the hips of the steer. It may also cause you to trap the feet of the steer more. With that in mind, you have to decide on the most appropriate delivery style depending on the swing angle, too.


When it comes to delivering the loop, keep in mind that there is no right or wrong style. You can do whatever style you want, provided you feel comfortable about it. You can even choose to combine the two styles. The most important thing is to find out which between the two styles work suitably for you. You also have to learn the basics of using the loop’s bottom as a means of capturing the steer.

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