Breaking It Down

Speed Williams

When you miss a steer do you know why you missed or does it leave you wondering what happened? Understanding how to fix roping problems is a big struggle for most team ropers. In order to understand what went wrong you need to break it down and do things slowly and in control. All professional sports have drills that prepare athletes for competition.

When you practice do you have specific goals in mind with a clear-cut game plan, or do you and your partner go make some nice runs? Making nice runs in the practice pen may be fun, but it really doesn’t do much to help your roping. 

With most of my head horses on the injured list I have chosen to stay home this summer. Rather than enter the BFI and summer rodeos, I’m going to let my horses heal, teach some schools, and work on my roping.

This month I want to talk about parents and their kids roping. My children are now nine and six. Hali is nine and is all about gymnastics. Gabriel is six, into baseball and has a game every week. I have told them from the beginning I would never make them rope. I might entice them, if possible, because I enjoy them being in the arena with me. Whatever they choose to do, I want them to work at it, and I will support them.