Tie-Down Roping Tips

AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Clark explains how the left hand is imperative to success in tie-down roping.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

“I firmly believe that ropers create their own goes,” says Wayne, Oklahoma, AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Clark. (Credit: Jennings Photography)

When ropers get to talking about roping, most of the time, they’re talking about their right hands, the ones they rope and catch with.

But what AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Clark has found is that if he can get a roper’s left hand set up correctly, the roper’s whole run is set up correctly. 

“I firmly believe that ropers create their own goes,” says the Wayne, Oklahoma, roper and trainer.
“Anybody can catch,” Doug adds. “The left hand is what wins.”

In the May edition of “Borrow a Trainer” in The American Quarter Horse Journal, Doug focuses on:

  • The weight distribution between the roper’s right and left legs and how they can shave seconds off a run
  • The essential timing needed for a fluid tie-down run
  • Positioning a horse correctly in order to catch the calf
  • The proper rope length for tie-down roping
  • How to support your horse as he handles the weight of the calf on the rope

With a lifetime of experience in the rodeo and roping industry, Doug knows a thing or two about what he’s teaching. For the last 27 years, horses that Doug either has trained or has sold have competed in roping events and steer wrestling at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The Oklahoma roper was on the 1999 AQHA Superhorse team of Look Whos Larkin, and Doug has also trained multiple AQHA-Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association horses of the year. 

“Smooth is faster and it’s easier on the horse, which means he can make more runs in his lifetime,” Doug says simply.

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