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Tie Down Roping

Truly a team effort, calf roping demands split-second timing as the cowboy and his horse race against the clock and other competitors to catch and tie a calf. The calf must cross the score line before the rider breaks the chute barrier (a rope across the chute), or a ten second penalty is added to his time. After roping the calf, the cowboy runs down the rope and throws the animal by hand. More time is lost if the calf is already down when the roper reaches the animal. As the calf must be standing before the cowboy can throw it to the ground. Any three legs of the calf must be tied with a piggin' string. The tie must hold for 6 seconds or the roper is disqualified. The horse that works with a calf roper must be able to judge the speed of the calf, be able to stop on cue in a single stride, and then hold the rope taunt while the roper runs to his calf. Finding a horse that can all this well is a very difficult task.