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When thinking of a cowboy, many of us get the image of a cow-wrangling, horseback riding, strong man in the old west. And, oftentimes, we think of a similar figure in a rodeo catching and tying cattle up in a cowboy lasso.
The proper term for a cowboy lasso is technically a lariat. This is made from pretty much any kind of rope that can be found. The cowboys you hear about in stories of the old West commonly used horse hair, horse hide or even buffalo hide to form a cowboy lasso rope.
These were not the rough and sturdy lassos that come to mind when forming images of cowboys, but it is historically accurate that these were the most common materials that were used to make a cowboy lariat or lasso. And, they were not only made by cowboys either. Many Indians also made these same rope devices from horse hair.
The lassos you see used today in competition rodeos and bull riding are often made with hemp rope. Today’s “cowboy” generally uses a 7/16th inch thick hemp rope that is between 35 and 45 feet long. These are very heavy and sturdy lasso ropes and used mostly by professionals.
A similar beginner cowboy lasso can be made from 35 feet of 3/8 inch Manilla rope. This proves to be a bit lighter and easier for a beginner to handle.
One of the finest materials that a cowboy lasso can be made with is known as agave fiber. When a lasso or lariat is woven with four strands of 3/8th inch thick agave fiber, it is known as the ever popular Maguey lasso. These lassos are used primarily in trick roping.
Agave fiber lassos are usually handmade and are of the highest quality. They are commonly found in Mexican cowboy lasso events. They are stiff and usually highly recommended to anyone that wants to learn the basics of roping.
If you are serious about keeping a cowboy lasso in the best condition possible, you will want to make sure it is either treated with paraffin waterproofing or rubbed with Vaseline quite often. This is because moisture can destroy the fibers of the rope and render it completely useless.
A finely made cowboy lasso rope can last for many years if you keep up with it. If you leave your lasso outside where it is exposed to the elements, it will break down over time and become less useful and less valuable. Keep your lasso stored in a location free of moisture and you will find that it can easily last you a lifetime.