Did you know that the word “lasso” refers to the act of throwing the looped noose at the end of a “lariat”? Lassoing is the actual synonym for roping a cow or a horse.
Some Useful Definitions:
Hoolihan: A particular style of loop used when throwing a rope. The loop is thrown over the head for roping horses. The rope is not swung round and round before it is released, to keep from exciting the animal.
Lariat: A long rope made of braided rawhide, hemp or polyester or nylon. It has a running noose at one end, which is used for catching horses and cattle. The noose (ring) can be tightened by pulling the other end.
Pigging String: A short piece of rope carried on the saddle. Used for tying the back legs and one front leg of an animal so they can’t get up.
Rope Strap: A strap made mainly from leather, with a buckle. It is attached to the pommel of a saddle to attach a rope.
References: Articles on Roping
How to Tie a Quick Release Cattle Rope Knot: http://bit.ly/1F1WIzw
Throwing a Lasso: http://bit.ly/1D9n1EL
How to Tie a Honda Knot in a Lasso or Lariat: http://bit.ly/1KnR5g7
Ropes from Scruggs Farm: http://www.scruggsfarm.com/Ropes.html
Cowboy Personal Gear: http://bit.ly/1u1JgKQ
References: Videos on Roping
Pasture roping: http://yhoo.it/1BYRrry
Sundance roping in pasture scene: http://yhoo.it/16eVQeU
Ranch roping: http://yhoo.it/1ECXANz
How to rope cattle with a lasso: http://bit.ly/1u1wgoC
By Starla Kaye