A few Things Every Team Roper Needs

Posted by Heel-O-Matic on Aug 15th 2017

A few Things Every Team Roper Needs

Of all the rodeo events that you could have picked from, you picked team roping. This sport requires attention to detail, the drive to improve, and the intuition to be entirely in tune with your rope and what feels right. As you begin to fall more in love with the sport, you become addicted to perfecting your technique and improving your skill. When that time comes, you need a Heel-O-Matic dummy.

Heel-O-Matic is created by a team of individuals who are passionate about the sport and the life of constant rodeos. Whether for team roping or individual events, the tools that you need to improve are a must. These high-quality dummies are exactly what you need for both single roper practice as well as team roping, but they aren’t the only thing that you need.

Today’s blog post covers a few of the items that every roper needs to have.


Finding a horse that suits you isn’t the easiest thing that you’ll do, but it is one of the most valuable things that you’ll invest money and time into. As a team roper, you need to have a horse that you feel comfortable on. Now, we aren’t saying go out and drop tens of thousands on a brand new horse, but investing in a horse that you feel comfortable on and can rely on is definitely worth the money that you spend. Even investing in an older horse that is well trained and easy to work with is something that you’ll be glad that you did.

If you’re not entirely sure what type of horse you should be looking at, talk to a member of the team that you’re roping with or a close family or friend. You really want to make sure that you take time to find the perfect fit.


It goes without saying that ropes are a crucial part of every team ropers supplies. The way that these ropes are design will all be based off of stiffness levels. Each roper will have a variant of stiffness that works better for them than others. Finding this perfect weight will take some time, and it’ll vary from time to time. While you may not use every rope, every time, it’s extremely nice to have a variety of stiffness levels to be able to rope with so that you can find the stiffness that works best for you.

This is also one of the supplies that you’ll be in tune with the more that you practice. Over time you will become more and more aware of which stiffness level is going to help you get the job done. Having a few on hand, or at least the stiffness levels that you’re comfortable roping with, handy.


We’ve touched a little on how important it is to have a horse that you are comfortable with, but this is going to be a similar case with the saddle that you invest in. Not only will your saddle need to be a good fit for you, but for your horse as well. This is something that could take a while to find, and might require a large investment to be made. Once you find a saddle that works though, you can count on using it until you outgrow it, or for the rest of your life. It’s definitely an investment that lasts, but also one that will keep you and your horse comfortable while in the arena.


The grip on your rope and the control that you have is mostly thanks to the control that you have with your rope and your horse as you ride. Another good investment that you will make as you begin your career in roping, and as you continue it, will always be in your gloves. When you first start out, you can count on burning through your gloves, quite literally. The fraction that will be running through your hands will be so incredibly hot that you you will likely have hundreds of gloves, mismatched, with holes in them, throughout your home. Purchasing gloves that you can rely on, but that aren’t going to get too expensive in the beginning or while practicing, is key.

A Roping Dummy

Cattle may be one of the best tools to use when practicing, but it’s not the most realistic. There isn’t a team roper that won’t agree when we tell you dummies are one of the best things that they’ve invested in. Heel-O-Matic has worked hard to create a selection of training tools that will allow for you and your team to practice roping. From the high-quality materials that we use to create the dummies, to the realistic movements that we’ve programmed them to do, these dummies give ropers of all ages the opportunity to practice and develop their skills even further.

Once the clock is running you need to be able to rely on the time that you’ve spent practicing and the investments that you’ve made in your supplies. Trust in the products that we carry and the morals with which we’ve designed our company when you’re looking for a brand that you can trust in. Aside from the items we’ve mentioned above, you’ll need a group of individuals that you can trust in and the determination to reach your goals. After that you’ll see just how far you can go in the world of roping.

Heel-O-Matic are eager to fuel those passionate about roping for generations to come. If you haven’t yet invested in one of our many team roping dummies, then it’s time to give in and get er done. We can’t say it enough, this is an investment that you’ll be glad you made. Browse our selection of training dummies and order yours online today. We can’t wait to see what you and your team roping friends are capable of achieving, all with the help of a dummy that we’ve designed!