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Team Roping Products and Services Worth Trying In 2017

Team Roping Products and Services Worth Trying In 2017

5 companies rethinking how we learn to rope and the type of gear we use.

by Claire Buchanan / @hellofromclaire


Look, I get it. Tried and true feels nice. It’s easy to get comfortable choosing the same things over and over.

I do it, you do it, we all do it, but sometimes that lets us settle for mediocre or plateau in our progress.

New Year’s resolutions for personal improvement are right around the corner. If you are a self-aware roper seeking to improve your horsemanship and roping skills, these five companies are offering some interesting solutions worth paying attention to this year.

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Total Team Roping
A Smarter Wrap For Steers
A Different Dally Wrap
Shoulder Relief Cinch
Impact Gel Technology

Get serious about getting better this year.

Personal Team Roping Training

What Is It?
TotalTeamRoping.com
is a monthly subscription service managed by Bret Beach, Clay O’Brian Cooper and Charles Pogue. TTR provides access to a giant library of educational roping videos on just about every topic.

If YouTube is the Honda Civic of roping videos, this is the Ferrari. Yet, that’s not even the cool part.

The coolest part is the ability to send a video of yourself roping and get thoroughly coached on exactly how to get better.

You do it on your time, in your pen, at your pace. Easy, breezy, beautiful…team roping.

TotalTeamRoping.com Video Subscription Service


Why You Should Care:
You basically get to practice with the pros.

It’s easy to plateau when you rope with the same people over and over again. This service gives you professional tips from people who are A LOT better than you, which is exactly how you improve.

Plus, hauling miles to a clinic and paying some $300+ for what can feel just like a group lesson sort of sucks. This is especially true if you are shy or inconveniently located near zero roping schools.

Product Details

Tiered pricing starting at $25

  • Personalized coaching video options
  • Access and perks vary based on plan
  • TTR members enjoy 24/7 access to over 1,500 timeless instructional videos
  • TTR releases at least four new videos every week
  • Videos are aimed at team ropers of all levels
How It Works:
This site is truly set up for self-learners and ropers who are comfortable analyzing their flaws (duh, that’s the only way to get better).

Once you sign up, you’ll have access to over 1,500 super helpful instructional videos. The videos are divided into easy-to-search categories and have solutions for common problems.

Each component of the video is slowly broken down using easy to understand terminology, so you’ll have no trouble implementing the tips.

Learn More 

 

How To Use It:

One-On-One Video Coaching – In our opinion, this is the best part of this service. Basically, you upload a video of yourself roping steers (or even just roping the dummy) and you receive a fully analyzed TTR video. They will literally draw on top of your video — like a sports replay — to show exactly what is happening while providing constructive feedback on ways to improve.

The Library – The best way to take advantage of this library is to take 10-30 minutes before you rope to watch a couple videos.

Get inspired, get educated and set up a plan for yourself based on your personal training goals. By the time you hit the practice pen you’ll be equipped with at least a couple new tools that will seriously improve your game.

Q & A Arena – Members may ask questions about specific scenarios and get real answers in the Q&A Arena. No wasting time trolling the internet for results.

Horn Wraps

A Smarter Wrap for Steers

What Is It?
The RES Smart Horn Wrap
features a faster and easier attachment method using Velcro® straps instead of buckles. You can’t see in the product photos or read this in the description, but there are some extra neat features happening here.

RES Smart Horn Wrap

RES Smart Horn Wrap

Why You Should Care:
Putting on horn wraps is kind of annoying. Making it easier for you and your chute help will make everyone happy. Also, these might make your steers happier so they don’t cheat you.

Product Details

$25

  • Very tough outer shell featuring the RES closure System with Replacble Velcro® brand closures.
  • This wrap is easy to use with Velcro® brand closures between the horns and at the tips of the ears.
  • Comes with 2 replaceable straps.
How It Works:
The features they don’t write about in their product description includes a dally rubber connector under the jaw to help get a snug fit without needing to suck down a strap. This also acts as a breakaway safety feature if the wrap gets hung up. They say in their video this is both a weak point and a benefit.RES Smart Horn Wrap

The extended design of the rear strap keeps the wrap from sliding forward into the eye. By omitting extra fabric and straps, this horn wrap is cooler and alleviates horn pressure with extra open space between the horns. A more comfortable wrap means your steers stay fresher longer and are less likely to duck or tilt their head to avoid horn pain.

 

Related: Spin To Win Article: Keep Your Steers Fresh

 

Plus, the Velcro® in the middle is totally interchangeable. Swap out colors to easily sort steers between owners or simply identify the fast or slow runners.


A Different Dally Wrap

What Is It?
This is probably the wildest equipment innovation on this list. The Dally Post and NevaWrap are a totally different way to think about wrapping your horn.

Instead of spending the entire lifespan of your saddle rewrapping it in strips of rubber why not just make the whole thing rubber? Kinda makes sense!

Dally Post and NevaWrap – by 7K Innovations

dally post saddle horn cap chute remote control

Featured above with a built in chute remote. You would hopefully never misplace the remote again.

Why You Should Care:
According to their website these last about 18 months or 500 runs. You would have to buy 11+ regular packs of the cheapest horn wraps in order to break even on the cost of one of these Dally Posts.

How many runs = one pack of regular dally wraps? We don’t know. Do you know? Tell us!

These are also supposed to have 50% more surface traction than regular rubber strips.

Product Details

$150.00

  • Choice of Surface Finishes
  • Get a Chute Remote Upgrade for Priefert ($100.00), Red River ($100.00), Quicksilver ($100.00), Tarter ($100.00), Other Chute (call for availability) ($100.00)
  • Engraving options
nevawrap

Used Nevawrap: 18 months, over 500 runs.

How It Works:
First you get the Dally Post. Then you get the NevaWrap which is the actual “wrap.”

The peeps over at Revolution Ropes explain it best so we’re just going quote them:

“A push button conveniently located on top of the cap releases the bearings in the locking pin, which allows the cap of the Dally Post to be removed.

The NevaWrap slides effortlessly over the Dally Post and the cap snaps back into place. The push button is recessed to avoid hand injury or accidental activation. An over-sized safety hole insures the cap won’t accidentally come off. One-way interlocking elements prevdent the cap from rotating or being installed incorrectly.”

Learn more 

A Better Saddle Fit

When your horse feels well, they work well. When they work well, you rope well.

Here are two companies making innovations to help your horse feel best in the roping pen and beyond.

Shoulder Relief Cinch

What Is It?
This company is changing the way we think about cinch fit. Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Cinch is designed to actually change the position and angle of the billets to prevent the saddle from interfering with the shoulders.

Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Cinch


Why You Should Care:
If your horse is a big mover, has large shoulders or other conformation issues it’s likely you’ve experienced saddle fit difficulties that lead to soreness. When you sore your horse roping they start cheating you and it sucks.

Product Details

$139.95 – $169.95

  • Comes in virtually every size imaginable
  • Shoulder Freedom – Intelligent design allows for full range of shoulder motion under saddle, without interference from the tree.
  • Elbow Comfort – Cutaways in the cinch move it away from the horse’s elbow for additional comfort.
  • Removable Liner – A thick 7mm neoprene liner (also available in fleece for extra $30 – see drop down menu) attaches with velcro for easy cleaning and interchangeability. Neoprene is standard.
  • Top Grade Leather – Made of ultra-durable high-end saddlery leather.
  • Better Saddle Fit – It even improves freedom of motion on horses with properly fitting saddles!
How It Works:
The ‘W’ shape of the cinch creates clearance for elbow movement but is still wide enough to disperse the weight of a steer. This innovative ‘cutback’ design helps the saddle stay in place and out of the way of shoulder movement.

The peeps over at Total Saddle Fit explain it best here

Impact Gel Technology

What Is It?
This material is insane and super cool. Impact Gel is a polymer derived mostly from soybean oil designed to seriously absorb shock, weight and heat.

You’ve most likely come across Impact Gel in shoe insoles and iPhone cases. It’s also used in many other sports industries to protect against high impact injuries such as football headgear, hockey pads and NASCAR driver protection.

Impact Gel Felt Contour Pads


Why You Should Care:
Your horse gets to share the same significant protection as top human athletes and military defenses. The inventor, Matthew Kriesel, has envisioned the material eventually being used in blast-resistant panels in buildings and military vehicles. Whoa.

In other words, your horse is getting some critical defense from shock.

Product Details

Prices range from $150-$280

  • Handcrafted and sewn in the USA
  • Heavy duty wear leathers ensure years of durability
  • Fleece lined options
  • Wool blends and blanket tops
  • Wither cutout
  • Contoured shape
How It Works:

This polymeric material ensures an impact never even reaches the surface it’s protecting by transferring the shock laterally throughout Impact Gel Padsthe dense network of molecular connections. Learn More 

In a very unscientific nutshell, it’s kind of like crowd surfing at a concert; lots of hands holding you up, passing you around until you’re gently put back on the ground.

 

What We Wish They Would Make:
Skid boots, bell boots and steer horn wraps! This would be so handy.

If you haven’t watched sales rep unsuccessfully crush M&Ms between the Impact Gel using a hammer, you can watch this video of a guy getting his hand run over to experience the same effect:





Turns out what you don’t know could be wasting your money…

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