Next Level Goat Tying

To anyone that has not ever competed at goat tying, I'm sure it looks pretty simple.  But to those of us that have tried it, we know there are many parts to a successful run in the goat tying.  I will briefly cover a basics on this page.  Join us for a clinic to learn more about these methods.    We would love to hear from you if you have a question and look for some videos soon!

Boys Goat Tying

All of the things discussed above apply to our boy goat tyers as well.  The boys use a goat piggin string and must string the front leg.  I like for the boys to land with that front leg low and string low so that they can scoop the back legs quicker.  Also, I want to see the goats legs low and flat for the entire tie.  I tell the kids I should be able to eat a bowl of soup off of the legs of the goat.   

Flanking 101

There is much debate in the rodeo world about which method is better, stuffing or scooping.  We believe that "stuffing" or landing with the goats legs ready to tie is faster and this is the method we teach our girls.  Everyone starts out learning how to scoop the legs but the goal is to be able to consistently land the flank and not ever have to touch the legs with your right hand.

Some important things to keep in mind about your flank include

1)   It is very important to set up correctly.  Your left knee should be in front of the goat's shoulder and your left foot should be in front of the goats front legs.  Your right knee should be in the goats flank and your right foot should be underneath the goat's flank and in front of the back legs.  Having your right leg under the goat will give you the balance and the power to get the goats hind end off the ground.  Also, I believe that going to the front leg, rather than the snap, gives a more consistent flank, especially on fresher goats. 

2)  You want to start your flank with your elbows straight.  Having your elbows bent before the flank will take away ability to get and good roll on that goat.  As you flank, keep your elbows close to your body and pull them towards your waist and always keep your chin down focusing on the bottom back leg.

3)  Whether you stuff or scoop, how the goat lands is very important.  The goat should land straight down from where was standing.  Be sure you are not turning the goats body in your flank.

Tying 101

When tying, we focus on the left pinky finger and really try to push our elbow out and throw our string to the other side of that pinky.  This way we don't split the legs in our ties.  Also, it is very important that the only part of you that is moving during the tie is your arm.  Your legs and your head should remain constant for the entire tie.  

​Dismounting 101

​A great dismount is important because it sets your entire run up.  Also, A correct dismount gives you the momentum to make those super fast runs. Kayli is showing great form in this picture.  Her shoulders and hips are square and her toe is pointed toward the goat.  Also, notice her hand position.  You really want to have that hand up and use your outside rein to help keep the horse running straight.  If your hand drops, you will be pulling on the outside rein and may be causing your horse to fade out on you.