Every summer we take our kids to at least one rodeo. Most people look forward to the bull riding, but I always enjoy watching the team roping.
Sometimes not one contestant can get the lariat rope around the calf's head and legs the entire night. I have never used a lariat rope, but this looks like it takes a lot of timing and precision to get it right.
I can understand how important it would be to be skilled with a lariat rope if you worked on a cattle ranch. One of my friends is going to a dude ranch for her birthday, and she says she always goes the week they bring the cattle down from the higher ground.
She doesn't use a rope to help with this, but says that she has seen the ranchers use their lariat ropes a lot with the cattle.