Arizona Cowboy

Arizona cowboy…   who dallies his caught cattle when roping.

Texans TIE their ropes, hard & fast, to their saddle-horns. We Arizonans Dally-Whelter, or wrap, their lariat rope around and around our saddle-horn.

Texans really object to that method.

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  1. I lived among Texas Cowboys and Ranchers the first forty years of my life and seldom observed any long time cowboy whose thumbs were not knotted and twisted because of dallying his lasso instead of tying it to the saddle horn. Performers who engage in competition for compensation are a different matter. Tying to the horn is necessary in that sport.
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    • Hi, ” Hard And Fast” John, Arizona cowboys didn’t invent Dallying! As you probably know it is an old Vaquero style that has many styles and advantages. Especially the one when you get in a real tangle and the “hard & fast” part is YOU *wound up* into an unforgiving Knot that is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to get loose of! The Vaqueros made it a stylish competition among themselves using a sixty foot long leather Riata ( excuse the ?spelling? ) This 4-6 strand braided rope was carefully handmade but very prone to break when taking a fast jerk! They had to catch their animals and this was the only materials they had plenty of! To avoid breaking this tool they devised,they used, wrapping their leather rope around the saddlehorn a few times and Never letting it pull down HARD on a specially constructed saddlehorn! That Horn had a fat neck with a larger round circumference at its TOP. As this became the popular, and only way to catch a cow or horse to be captured … it evolved ino a competitive, stylish event! During those long ago times A Spanish Rodeo used no timepieces for exacting winners! Instead they used their style and experience to show off their different handling of different situations! Nothing can compete with the man who piles on a stack of riata on his saddlehorn and let it slowly slide out. Smiling, while fanning with his hat, the curls of smoke arising from leather on leather! This is done, in Arizona, without the smoke, when catching large animals. You won’t see many “tied on” ropers leading an 1900 pound mad bull around…. Nor a wild horse on the fight with his barred teeth and flashing hooves in your face.. Sometimes it’s best to give caught enemy your rope!!! Calf-roping and team tying at Arizona Rodeos has always been done “tied-on.” Leather lariats became grass and occasionally broke and/or wore out ……… then we arrived to Nylon and the business all changed. It is now used by everyone, but be careful!! It won’t break and just a little sliding thru your hands or past somethings hide, immediately becomes a sever BURN. However, nylon has a lot of stretch in it, so there are lighter jolts to the fast stops! Take a cowhands advice: Never, get Tied to something that doesn’t break, and don’t get between a Rock and a Hard place………….

      OH! Yes! Also, Always Drink Up Stream from the Herd!

      Well, John, the only other decision we have to make is about lunch next week! You can pick something for next Thursday Afternoon if you’d like. It only depends on the current Gasoline Shortages, Hurricanes, Floods, EarthQuakes, Atom Bomb War, and Terrorists!!!! Just let us know how to DUCK and we’ll be there! Where? Thursday the 14th? :>) George

      On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 10:50 AM, Last DK Cowboy wrote:

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      • From: Last DK Cowboy Sent: Friday, September 08, 2017 1:30 PM To: jedele@ktc.com Subject: [New comment] Arizona Cowboy

        dkcowboy commented: “Hi, ” Hard And Fast” John, Arizona cowboys didn’t invent Dallying! As you probably know it is an old Vaquero style that has many styles and advantages. Especially the one when you get in a real tangle and the “hard & fast” part is YOU *” Respond to this comment by replying above this line New comment on Last DK Cowboy dkcowboy commented on Arizona Cowboy.

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        I lived among Texas Cowboys and Ranchers the first forty years of my life and seldom observed any long time cowboy whose thumbs were not knotted and twisted because of dallying his lasso instead of tying it to the saddle horn. Performers who engage in competition for compensation are a different matter. Tying to the … Continue reading Arizona Cowboy

        Hi, ” Hard And Fast” John, Arizona cowboys didn’t invent Dallying! As you probably know it is an old Vaquero style that has many styles and advantages. Especially the one when you get in a real tangle and the “hard & fast” part is YOU *wound up* into an unforgiving Knot that is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to get loose of! The Vaqueros made it a stylish competition among themselves using a sixty foot long leather Riata ( excuse the ?spelling? ) This 4-6 strand braided rope was carefully handmade but very prone to break when taking a fast jerk! They had to catch their animals and this was the only materials they had plenty of! To avoid breaking this tool they devised,they used, wrapping their leather rope around the saddlehorn a few times and Never letting it pull down HARD on a specially constructed saddlehorn! That Horn had a fat neck with a larger round circumference at its TOP. As this became the popular, and only way to catch a cow or horse to be captured … it evolved ino a competitive, stylish event! During those long ago times A Spanish Rodeo used no timepieces for exacting winners! Instead they used their style and experience to show off their different handling of different situations! Nothing can compete with the man who piles on a stack of riata on his saddlehorn and let it slowly slide out. Smiling, while fanning with his hat, the curls of smoke arising from leather on leather! This is done, in Arizona, without the smoke, when catching large animals. You won’t see many “tied on” ropers leading an 1900 pound mad bull around…. Nor a wild horse on the fight with his barred teeth and flashing hooves in your face.. Sometimes it’s best to give caught enemy your rope!!! Calf-roping and team tying at Arizona Rodeos has always been done “tied-on.” Leather lariats became grass and occasionally broke and/or wore out ……… then we arrived to Nylon and the business all changed. It is now used by everyone, but be careful!! It won’t break and just a little sliding thru your hands or past somethings hide, immediately becomes a sever BURN. However, nylon has a lot of stretch in it, so there are lighter jolts to the fast stops! Take a cowhands advice: Never, get Tied to something that doesn’t break, and don’t get between a Rock and a Hard place………….

        OH! Yes! Also, Always Drink Up Stream from the Herd!

        Well, John, the only other decision we have to make is about lunch next week! You can pick something for next Thursday Afternoon if you’d like. It only depends on the current Gasoline Shortages, Hurricanes, Floods, EarthQuakes, Atom Bomb War, and Terrorists!!!! Just let us know how to DUCK and we’ll be there! Where? Thursday the 14th? :>) George

        You’re forgetting fire ants!.

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