Of all the rodeo events, roping is definitely the one that impresses me most. You may not get the drama of someone being thrown around by a large animal but you certainly see an amazing amount of skill on display.
The idea here is to rope the calf and tie its legs as quickly as possible. The winners complete the task in 8 seconds or so which, given that they start on horseback and have to catch a running animal using their lasso, is pretty amazing to me. It’s also fabulous to watch how the cowboy and his horse work together to catch the calf. After the cowboy manages to get the lasso over the calf’s head, the horse keeps tension on the rope while the rider jumps off to secure the legs.
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