Ropes are a very useful tool in the cowboy world. They help in doing things out in the open instead of having to bring things into use the chutes. I choose to do them because i was interested in seeing the role of chemistry that was involved with them. Giving myself a better all around understanding of them. If ropes did not exist there would be a lot more work involved in doctoring and catching animals. Alsao they are a great source of entertainment. One can never be bored with rope in hand.
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Talc (Talcum Powder)
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Ropes come in many different lengths and are made of many different things. Depending on what you do and what kind of saddle you have you choose your rope. When you have a slick horn ( a horn that has mule hide or other various things) you will want a longer rope. This is also a lot more forgiving on the livestock that you are around due to the fact it allows for some slip( gives some rope so that it doesn't jerk the animal). This combination is used more often in ranching than in Competitive ropings. In that case they use a rubber horn. It grabs the nylon of the rope and doesn't really allow for that slip. So they tend to choose a short rope( 30-35 feet). The choice and kind of equipment is only half of good roping. Just as in everything there is a technique to it. You want to keep your loop open using the correct arm motion. Different ropes help with that but it is something that takes a lot of practice.
About the Author
Sean Jones is a junior at billings senior high. He plays football. But his real passion is horses and roping and all that comes with that. He enjoys greatly learning how chemistry is involved in his everyday life. He plans to get his CDL out of high school and continue his horse business.