I rope the dummy whenever I feel like I’m not doing a very good job on my loops, and I rope it two or three times a day otherwise just to throw a few loops.
When I’m roping the dummy, I’m feeling for my delivery and where the tip of my rope is hitting. I want to feel like my tip is hitting on the far-left side of the steer, and I make sure I am following through with four or five throws with the same feel every time I rope it. I’m focusing on making sure my muscle memory and follow through is the same on every loop, with my tip in front of me rather than behind me.
I do a mental check to make sure I push my left hand up forward in front of me, so I can keep my horse pushed up and set up in the run. I also make sure I’m looking at the base of the bottom left horn, so with as big of a loop as I throw, I know it will cover the right horn and come across to the left horn.
I move around a little bit when I’m roping the dummy. I normally stay in my lane, but I walk up and rope and walk back and step back. I will also walk all the way up to the base of the bale of hay and stick it on them.