How much do you know about the history of the lasso, the rope that cowboys famously use in order to wrangle runaway animals? To discover a few surprising facts about lasso throwing, Including the fascinating origins of the lasso. As believe it or not, cowboys actually didn’t invent the lasso.
Fun facts about lasso throwing:
There are two names for a lasso:
What is the rope that cowboys use called? You may be surprised to learn that there are two acceptable names for the rope which cowboys use. While most people refer to this rope as a lasso, the same rope can also be called a lariat.
How long is the average lasso?
The average lasso is between 80 feet and 100 feet long. Each lasso has a slip noose at one end of the rope. If you ever want to try throwing a lasso, it’s a wise idea to start off with a shorter 80 foot lasso that will be easier to control.
What do cowboys and farmers use a lasso for?
Cowboys most often use a lasso or lariat, in order to catch an animal such as a calf or steer which is trying to run away. Talented cowboys are able to use their lasso to rope a runaway animal even when the horse that they are riding is galloping. While cowboys make this skill look easy, it takes a lot of practice and is a skill that is hard to master. Cowboys learned how to use a lasso for functional purposes in order to make everyday life on a ranch a lot easier and the lasso was not originally used in order to entertain audiences like they are today.
Another use that cowboys used lassos for was to capture wild horses. Which they could then train and use on their ranches or sell for a large profit.
Where did the lasso originate?
You may be surprised to learn that cowboys themselves did not invent the lasso and instead borrowed the concept of the lasso from the Native Americans. Who first invented the lasso in order to assist their tribes in warfare against the Spanish invaders who tried to invade the Americas. During this tie period, the Native Americans would throw their lassos over the necks of their enemies in order to capture them and strangle them. At the time the lasso was an effective weapon as the Native American warriors could use it to kill their enemies while on horseback. Especially as they didn’t have access to modern weapons such as guns.
Are lassos still used today?
Yes, lassos are still used on farms and ranches in both Latin America and the West, in the United States. Although there are also entertainers, who perform tricks with lassos as part of tourist experiences.
In conclusion, if you have an interest in the wild west, cowboys, American history, or Native American history, hopefully, you read a few surprising facts about the fascinating history of the lasso or the lariat.