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The most important thing is practice. Practice, practice, practice. You need to be able to rope without thinking about it so that when you are in the arena chasing a calf down, all you need to think about is getting your horse in position. Even though you won’t catch all the time, it is still lots of fun! It is also very important to take good care of your rope. If your rope is not in good condition, you won’t do as well. I just keep my ranch rope on my saddle, but still keep it coiled evenly and neat so that it doesn’t get twists in it. It is almost impossible BILL JOHNSON BILL JOHNSON to rope with a big twist messing up your loop! To take even better care of your arena rope, you could keep it in a rope can or rope bag, so that it is ready to go at the rodeos. I hope my tips helped you, and remember, the only way to get good at something is to practice! BILL JOHNSON Grace, riding Blackie, makes a nice low stress catch on a calf that she needs to tag. SUMMER 2016 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I 19


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