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Double Knot Tying

The assumption made here is that you are already familiar with how to tie a knot in your bull rope.  If that is not the case, please see Knot Tying before moving on to the double loop knot.

The purpose of using this type of knot over the conventional knot is simple.  Your rope is to big for the livestock your getting on and you can't pull your rope down tight.  The double loop knot is used mostly when someone is getting on smaller livestock with a conventional size bull rope.  A conventional bull rope is usually 7' X 7' or 8' X 8' which means the rope from the handhold to the end of the tail is either 7' or 8', in lenght like wise the body of the rope without the knot in it is also either 7' or 8' from the handhold to the end of the body.  All in all, your rope is most likely 14' to 16' in length. 

Now, if I'm a junior bull/steer rider and most of what I'm getting on is smaller livestock then my steer rope, or junior bull rope seems to fit fine, but I'm at that point in my career that I get on bigger stock from time to time and my small jr bull rope/steer rope doesn't fit the bigger livestock.  The solution that most are going with is to buy a good quality bull rope with a narrow width handhold (3/4").  Now you have a rope that will fit whatever you're getting on provided you know how to ty that double loop knot.  You also leave your worries behind when it comes to hang-ups because you won't hang up with a good quality bull rope.  Another factor to consider is a lot of places are letting the younger kids take wraps and when you take a wrap with a junior bull rope/steer rope you increase the risk for hang-ups because most of the smaller ropes have poor handholds built in them.  It was never an issue when wraps were not allowed for the younger kids, but it is a major issue when kids take wraps with those worthless ropes.

There is a major difference in the "store" quality ropes you see offered so cheaply. 

There's also a big difference in the three steer ropes we offer.  The ONLY one we suggest if you take a wrap should be the "Advanced Steer Rope"

        The problem with calf riders taking a wrap is that the smaller calf (and many steer) ropes have so little material (to make them small enough) that there's not enough rope to lace the leather in to keep the handles from turning/rolling over (the main cause of hang-ups).

        With the use of quality full size bull ropes (with the 3/4" handle) a steer or Jr. Bull Rider can easily use a real big time bull rope and make it fit every size animal... just like we do at the schools for anyone ready to take a wrap.  That's why we do NOT have hang-ups with the little guys at our schools.  Quality gear eliminates hang-ups.  I know you're thinking that there shouldn't be so many hang-ups on T.V. then... and you are correct.  I've judged 4 Televised PBR Built Ford Tough Series Events and I'm stunned at the poor quality of ropes in the locker room (maybe a reason that 8 percent of the membership wins about 85 percent of the price money).  I wouldn't allow half the ropes I've seen used there be used at our schools.  If you've ever been to one of our schools you know we simply do not have hang-ups.  We may have a brief "hang on" but not a hang and drag, valid hang-up.

        All that said to point out why we feel the double knot can be a good tool for a steer or Jr. Bull Rider getting on different size stock and not wanting to have two different ropes (and different quality ropes) for different stock sizes.

Enough said, you get the general ideal.

After you have your rope hung on the fence, eye level with your handhold if possible.  Follow the first three steps using the figures above to help you understand.  You will start approximately 12" down from your handhold.  Remember to keep slack in your rope at all times, so you won't create a bind with the rope, and keep your rope as even as possible.

1. Hold the rope in your left hand approximately 12" down from the handhold. Fig 1

2. With your right hand make a loop approximately 8" to 10" in diameter laying the rope in your right hand over the top of the rope in your left hand. Fig 2, Fig 3

3. Repeat the process again until you have two loops and your excess rope hanging over the top. Fig 5

Remember to keep your rope from twisting.  If the body of your rope was a train track you don't want the tracks to twist over each other.

Steps 4 through 6, if followed correctly will make the knot very easy to tie and almost full proof. 

4. Holding both loops in your left hand reach your right hand through the loops and pull the end of the body back through toward youself. Fig 6, Fig 7

5. Place your right hand inside the loop still holding the the loops with your left hand. Fig 8

6. Now, grab the loops with your right hand, just the loops, don't grab the part of the rope hanging from the fence.  You are going to hold on to the two parts of the rope.  Your left hand will take that part of the rope toward the handhold, while the right hand pulls the two loops towards yourself.  In a way, your pulling the ropes apart. 

Continue pulling the ropes in your left & right hand in opposite directions until you can easily see the rope in your left hand in a straight line with the loop.  You should be able to look at the entire rope and follow the rope in your left hand down to the corresponding rope/loop in your right hand.  Although you have two loops in your right hand you will only pull the part of the rope that is directly in line with the rope in your left hand.  (Fig 15) shows a picture of tightening the loop by pulling the loop down, again you are only pulling one of the corresponding loops that directly affects the part of the rope towards your handhold. 

The next step is to even the loops up with each other (Fig 16)

Finally, finish pulling the knot tight keeping the loops even.

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