For relevance, see Hudson. Good horsemanship and good riding have a lot in common, even if the end result looks very different. There are significant differences between roping horses and dressage horses, but I think we could learn a lot from each other.
Header has roped the steer – note the header’s horse is on a left lead canter while wrapped around the rider’s right leg.
If you look at the header’s body weight placement, he’s just on the edge of weighting his seat to the right to cue his horse to flip around and ‘face’ the steer: as soon as he knows the heeler has it.
I say “on the edge” of giving the cue, because his job is to rope the steer’s head, keep galloping, AND set the steer up in such a way that it gives the best possible shot for the heeler to rope the hind feet.
Any corrections, Bella??
Photo from Pendleton Round-up by Bob Click.
Riders: Brandon Beers and Jade Corkill.