I am a No. 2 header. Do you think it is better to practice on a mechanical steer more than live steers? If so, how often would you rope the mechanical steer over live steers? If not, how would you set up a practice for a low number roper? My horses seem to work pretty well on both and I don't seem to have any major problems as of yet. I am just trying to figure out the best way to practice for me and my horses. I only have about 2 to 3 hours a day to practice.
Dale, Ulm, Mont.
I think a person should rope the Hot Heels first because you can control it. When I practice, we slow everything down and rope the mechanical steer about 15 times and can kind of get in sync and get your horse in a rhythm. Then you can utilize live steers. I use both. I like it that way so everything's working better that way instead of going right to live cattle. If I'm having trouble, I go to a mechanical steer and slow it down and figure out the problems. But you have to practice on live cattle, too, so you can keep your edge on reading cattle.