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Does a smaller head horse with quicker strides aid your delivery? Do you need a stout head horse for pulling power? Did you know your horse’s stride affects your swing and your heeler’s timing? Read on for insights from the winningest headers of all time.
A set of things it takes to master in team roping in order to succeed.
Cody Snow breaks down his and Wesley Thorp's seventh round win and the fastest time at the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Jake Barnes shares tips on how you can be the best partner.
25-time World Champion Trevor Brazile breaks down how he introduces his horses to live cattle.
Brad Culpepper talks about the two types of heeling positions.
Rich Skelton on using the dummy to get your horses paying attention and learning quicker.
Wesley Thorp breaks down his and Cody Snow's short round run at the 2019 Jingle Bell Classic Open roping.
Why what your body does during a run is something you can’t afford to overlook.
Just needing to stop the clock to win can be as high-pressured as needing to be 4.0. Here’s how I approach it.
Setting goals and evaluating everything in roping for the new year.
Your stirrup length can affect your ability to control a young horse and ride a good one. Here's the how and why.
Jade Corkill’s use of his left hand to balance his loop has set him apart.
What to look for in a prospect depends on your roping goals.
Clay O'Brien Cooper shares things he's learned over the years at the Wrangler NFR.
How the 25-time World Champion Trevor Brazile takes a green head horse to the next level.
Tanner Baldwin breaks down his arena record run from the Ellensburg (Washington) Rodeo.
Clay O'Brien Cooper talks about getting the most out of practicing on all types of steers.
Why riding with square shoulders makes catching consistently easier.
Dustin Bird explains how to hold your horse up in a jackpot scenario.
Clay Tryan is a consistent top-five header and perennial threat for the world title. His secret? Good horses. After his great horse Thumper was retired, he broke out two new greats: Cate, a sorrel mare, and Dew, a bay gelding. His success rides on their performance, so here a few of his tips for keeping head horses sound and working solid.
Keeping your horse comfortable in the corner helps simplify the start.
To be successful, it’s about being ahead of the game, not chasing. When we’re ahead of the steer and ahead of the game, we’re waiting on them to do what we want instead of just trying to catch up and make a shot. That’s why keeping the pocket is important. We set everything up so we’re ahead of the steer before the corner even starts.
Being a 24-time world champ is all in the details. Trevor Brazile thinks through each part of his program, including the bridles he rides on green horses and finished horses alike. In this part of The Team Roping Journal's video series with the legendary cowboy, Brazile breaks down his bit choice for a developing head horse who had too much bend through he corner.
Roping a fresh steer for the first time is more important than anything. Not to pull him too fast and make sure you get him heeled, come tight and drop him. A lot of people put the head loop on in the chute the first couple of times just to make sure you don’t miss him. Some people just rope them and bump them a little and then turn them back loose. It’s way more fun to just wrap them and go to them. With as many steers as we break in around here, we try to keep it simple and fun, but you have to do it right because the first couple of times are really important.
World Champion roper Trevor Brazile breaks down his bit choice for a horse with 90 to 120 rides—including how he wants the horse to respond to that bit.
Riding a horse through goosiness will give you a better mount in the end.