The best reason for throwing a flat heel loop? Better coverage, says five-time National Finals Rodeo heeler Joseph Harrison. “

If I’ve got it big and flat and over his back, I can come right out of my swing, set it down, and I’ve still got that big tip coverage to get the left leg.”

In this video brought to you by Smarty, Harrison explains why a flat loop means better coverage—and better success.

Watch “#1 Reason for a Flat Heel Loop” now:


When originally designed by four-time World Champion, Allen Bach, the Smarty Pipes were built to help him demonstrate techniques while teaching at different roping clinics. Since then, he has perfected the ground heeling machine to practice timing and other techniques.

The Smarty Pipes are made out of durable powder-coated metal with realistic legs that are just like the ones found on the Smarty and the Smarty Xtreme. The Pipes are compact and durable and can be quickly adjusted to different heights for your personal preference when practicing.

The Smarty Pipes are the perfect heeling machine for practicing at home or to load up in your truck or trailer when you hit the road.



Joseph Harrison is a five-time National Finals Rodeo heeler and three-time American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Champion from Overbrook, Oklahoma.