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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Need help with your roping? Just want to improve? You got to check this out!

Speed Williams has just launched a new website
Every team roper, weather your a man, women or child, low numbered or high, you can really benefit from this site. He has started a collection of training videos and making a huge library for subscribers to use at their convenience. These videos are jam packed with his personal training tips on every topic you could imagine on the skill of team roping. He hopes to house thousands in the future! 

Subscription customers can upload videos to be used for training. This is a wealth of information from an 8 time team roping world champion.  It is truly an amazing deal for any roper. There are two subscription levels, $25.00 a month or $150.00 yearly. Both level have access to the huge library anytime. 

Team roping clinics can cost $100's and when they're done they're DONE! You go back home trying to remember everything you were taught! With Speed's library of training videos, you can watch them over and over. 

Speed also plans to add a classified section to his site in the near future. Just another great feature for us ropers! Who wouldn't like to sell or browse for roping horses on a hot site filled with great horses. 

If your serious about your roping, just starting out or just want to see a great champion at work, its the place to be! Check the site out and sample his free videos......... 



Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tips on keeping your roping horse fit through the winter.

It really can be a chore to keep your roping horse legged up during the cold winter. Most ropings are indoors during the winter so roping isn't completely out of the question. But, sometimes it can be overlooked to keep your horse in shape. There is no doubt riding in the cold north winds can be uncomfortable and most of us are not lucky enough to have an indoor arena.

During real bad weather we found that long trotting your horse along side your car can be very beneficial. All our roping horses know the drill and have adapted to this well! We try to trot our horses for at least 2 miles a week. We do prefer to ride them to keep them legged up but if we have bad weather for a large stretch, trotting along side the car is a great fix! Not only can they trot in their blankets, we get to run the heater. It has been a win win situation! 

We have also found keeping them turned out into a large paddock or pasture helps keep them in shape. Horses kept in the barn do not get the exercise they need. Roping horses need to be fit and ready for work. If you keep them in shape you will avoid many problems, like bowed tendons, strains and even mis-alignments. 

Next time you grab your horse to go to a roping consider his shape and how he is going to feel after several runs. If a horse is out of shape it will effect his performance and that effects yours! Think how you would feel if you had to go play a game of football and weren't in shape? 

By keeping your horse in shape you can gain that extra edge above your opponent. Don't be sloppy about your roping! If your really serious and want to win set your self up for success. Keep your horse in shape, whether its cold, hot or just right, find a way to get him some exercise. You'll be glad you did when you draw that really fast cow in the short round and so will he!!