Roping

Roping

Roping Saddles are designed for heavy use and maximum freedom of movement for the rider. In a well-designed roper, a rider can easily chase, rope, and dally a cow to the horn. With all the punishment, the saddle must have a particularly strong saddle tree and horn.

Typical features of a roping saddle include:

  • Preferably, a wood saddle tree with a bullhide cover for maximum strength
  • A low, rounded fork. This will keep down the leverage of the rope on both the horn and the horse, and not interfere with a swinging rope.
  • A tall, thick horn with a horn wrap for dallying
  • A deep, rough-out or suede seat for maximum grip
  • A low cantle for an easier dismount
  • Stirrups hung a bit more forward than usual to allow the rider to put their feet forward and brace against the stirrups when necessary.
  • Deep, wide, roper style stirrups.
  • Full double rigging – both front cinch and flank cinch with the front cinch most commonly in the 7/8ths or full position
  • A rope strap for holding a lariat
  • Heavier weight

Roping Saddles are specifically designed for roping and are most often used by those participating in roping events.

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