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The Best Rope for the Best Run

You train for months and years for only a few seconds at a time in the arena. There is no time to waste on a run as soon as the chute opens. The last thing you want is for your equipment to get in the way. That’s why, here at Frontier Roping Supply, we make sure your rope is the best one for the job. Below are rope suggestions based on your level and run type:

Beginner

beginner-ropeHaving a soft rope is key for beginners. Gaining control is much easier with a pliable rope such as the 4-Strand 25’ Frontier Kid Rope. Starting out with a shorter rope that’s simple to maneuver will make a difficult skill that much easier to learn. If you’re a beginner and you want to skip the youth and kids’ sized rope, make sure the rope you choose is still soft or even extra soft.

Header

header-ropeWhen it comes to team roping, the header and heeler have different specifications for ropes. The header’s rope should be softer and shorter to provide the flexibility and quickness during the run. The Frontier Ropes Fusion 4 Strand is a great option. It is 31’ in length and made out of a strong yet pliable nylon-poly blend. You want a strong yet soft head rope to achieve the fastest time.

Heeler

heeler-ropeThe main difference between a heeler’s rope and a header’s rope is the length. A heeler’s rope ranges from 35-36 feet. The rope should also be more stiff and rigid to catch the calf’s feet. The Lone Star Titan with 4-strand synthetic fibers has the larger diameter and toughness you need. Making that perfect catch is easier with the proper rope that matches your specifications.

Calf Rope

calf-ropeThe rope used in steer roping, calf roping, and break away roping should, first of all, be reliable. The rope is central to the success of the run. Your roping technique will fall short without a sturdy rope. The Fast Back Iron Silk is made by hand and excellent for calf roping. Fast Back Ropes also carries the Edge, which is a 4-strand texturized poly-blend. It will hold up in all weather conditions and retain its elasticity and strength run after run.

Rope Bags

rope-bagBased on your event, experience, and position, you’ve picked out the rope you need. You could just throw the new rope in the back of your truck or trailer. But the better thing to do is to put your rope in a rope bag to keep it in optimal condition. Frontier has bags that fit one or several ropes. The Cactus Ropes Triple Rope Bag can hold up to nine ropes and features plenty of padding as well as a durable exterior.

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Roping is a sport that could be your hobby or your career. Either way your rope is the central ingredient to a flawless run. By utilizing our expertise, we can help you find the rope that is best for you. Now get out there and have some fun!

De-Winterizing Your Horse Trailer for Spring

Subzero winters can be tough on everything, and your horse trailer is no exception. This is why you take the time to winterize your trailer when cold weather approaches. But with spring and its accompanying warm weather around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about de-winterizing your trailer and preparing for the new season.

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Before de-winterizing, check with your local trailer outlet to make sure you’re not starting too early. The dealer should have a pretty good idea when it’s safe in your region to begin de-winterizing.

Follow These Steps

The first and main step to de-winterizing is to prepare to hook the water back up. Though the specifics may vary from trailer to trailer, they usually include the following steps:

  • 1. Locate the drain for your fresh water tank and make sure it’s turned to the closed or “off” position. Now you can fill up the fresh water tank.
  • 2. On the hot water heater, make sure the cold-water fill valve and the hot-water exhaust valve are in the “on” positions. The pipe that connects those two is the bypass valve. That should be in the “off” position.
  • 3. Turn the water pump on, and let the cold water run until the antifreeze drains from the line.
  • 4. Do the same with the hot water once it has built up enough pressure from pulling water from the fresh water tank. Don’t turn on the hot water heater until necessary.
  • 5. Turn on the propane and clear those lines by starting your stove.

This will at least be good enough to get you back on the road. But savvy trailer owners know that preventive maintenance is a part of de-winterizing. Spring is a good time to make sure your trailer is truly road-worthy. If you don’t feel confident in doing any of the following, a professional can help give your trailer a springtime onceover.

Look for Needed Repairs

Wash the trailer inside and out, and give it a visual inspection for signs of wear or damage. Work your way from top to bottom. Check the roof for cracks and leaks caused by the winter’s thaw-and-freeze cycle. Also, it’s a good idea to check for pesky wasp nests.

Before bringing your floor covering back in (assuming you took it out for the winter), inspect the floor for structural strength and any signs of damage. Attend to problem areas, and bring in the clean floor cover.

Inspect doors and grease hinges. Do the same for the ramps. Make sure the wiring won’t get snagged on any moving parts, and that the hitch and wiring are all in great working condition.

Next, clean off the undercarriage from any salt deposits that have accumulated throughout the winter and inspect it for rust and cracks. Likewise, check the wheels for signs of damage. Lastly, inspect each of the tires, looking for bulges, cracks, punctures or signs of wear on the tread, and ensure that the tires are all properly inflated.

You are now on your way to having a fully functioning trailer for the warmer weather. Way to show spring-cleaning who is boss!

If you would like more tips, or you are looking to upgrade your trailer, contact us. Frontier Trailers specializes in custom trailers and also takes trade-ins.

How to Pick the Perfect Rope for Roping

It is no secret that the world of team roping has evolved dramatically over the last 30 years. With the introduction of classification systems and National Organizations the sport has been changing and growing at a very rapid pace. I think the place this is most apparent is in our rope room here at Frontier Roping Supply.

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I get to visit with several customers almost daily that are new to our sport who are completely overwhelmed at the number of different ropes available today. There is every color imaginable, different lengths, different lays, ranch ropes, calf ropes and team ropes. As these customers stand in awe in the middle of the room they all seem to have the same question;

Which Rope should I Use?

As every seasoned roper could tell you, there are many factors in choosing the perfect rope. It is a personal choice that is developed over the course of countless runs in the arena. For the new comer the factors are much different. Following is a list of common questions and answers we get here at Frontier Roping Supply:

Following is a list of common questions and answers we get here at Frontier Roping Supply:

How Much Do They Cost?

For the average person just getting started into the roping industry, cost is a major consideration. They have usually just spent an astronomical amount of money getting their first horse, truck and trailer. Now it is time to get the tools and the sticker shock still has not worn off.

That is where our own Frontier Ropes comes in. When we first introduced our ropes, value and quality were our primary goals. We offer a top quality product at an affordable price to ropers of all levels. Our advice is always to start with a rope that fits your budget because you are going to have to experiment with several before you find “the one.”

How Long Will it Last?

With the price of the ropes today, everyone is concerned with longevity. Several factors determine how long your rope will last, most importantly, how you care for the rope while using it.

If you are heading in the practice pen and your rope drags to the bottom after each run, it will “fuzz up” and wear out more quickly. Try to keep your ropes out of the direct heat and coil them up with the loop in the rope when possible. These tips will all help increase the life of the rope.

Which Lay Should I Get?

It seems all beginners struggle right at first to perfect their swings and the stiffer the rope the harder it is to handle. We feel it is easiest to start with a rope that is fairly soft to either rope the sled, or the dummy of even live cattle. Softer ropes seem to be more forgiving and makes the whole process a little easier.

This is just the start of what we hope to be many great articles on how to enjoy the roping world and compete if that’s your plan. It’s a great hobby and a perfect family sport that everyone can enjoy.

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