Cowhands spent many hours practicing with their ropes so that a throw would be accurate. This practice would begin when the cowhand was a youngster and continue his entire career. The toss of the rope could save an animal from danger, select a horse out of the remuda, pull a wagon out of the mud, and provide entertainment when other cowhands were the objects being roped.

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Erwin E. Smith (1886–1947)
Roping a calf. Shoe Bar Ranch, Texas? (possibly Matador). 1912
Nitrate negative
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
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