Who’d Have Thunk Math Had Anything to Do with Roping?

Reata Brannaman gives TSB Managing Director some rope-handling pointers.

Reata Brannaman gives TSB Managing Director Martha Cook some rope-handling pointers.

 

A few years ago, TSB Managing Director Martha Cook and I each swung a rope for the first time during our week’s visit to the Padlock Ranch outside Sheridan, Wyoming. I admit, I thought about little other than the fact that the hands around me managed to do this at a flat gallop, and I couldn’t even snag a “sawcow” from a standstill. I promise you, there wasn’t even a shadow of a mathematical equation peering out from the dustiest corners of my mind.

 

TSB Managing Director Martha Cook (right) and Senior Editor Rebecca Didier (left) struggle with the science of roping at the Padlock Ranch in Wyoming.

TSB Managing Director Martha Cook (far right) and Senior Editor Rebecca Didier (far left) struggle to learn the science of roping at the Padlock Ranch in Wyoming.

 

Today’s New York Times Science Section had a this short video about a French student of applied mathematics who took trick roping to a whole new level–actually figuring the exact ratio of loop and the impact of the roper’s hand position. Check it out:

 

Click image to watch the NYT video.

Click image to watch the NYT video.

 

Of course, when it comes down to it, just like for some applied mathematics isn’t “scary code” but poetry, for many handling a rope is just like dancing with a partner. Here’s Buck Brannaman earlier this year at the Dublin Horse Show:

 

Click image to watch Buck Brannaman at the Dublin Horse Show.

Click image to watch Buck Brannaman at the Dublin Horse Show.

 

Not many of us can dance like that.

 

 

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Equestrian Nation Premieres New Three-Part Series About Buck Brannaman on RFD-TV

Watch Buck Brannaman on RFD-TV for the first time ever!

Watch Buck Brannaman on RFD-TV for the first time ever!

 

TSB is excited to catch the new three-part series about Buck Brannaman on Equestrian Nation, the popular news-magazine-style show, featuring stories about everything horse-related, from different breeds, horsemen, and riding disciplines, to veterinary information, and training and management tips. Equestrian Nation’s exclusive interview will be Buck’s first ever appearance on RFD-TV–the nation’s first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine-related topics, and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment.

 

 

“The three part series is about getting to know who influenced Buck and his opinions on horses and life,” says Dan Weyand, Executive Producer of Equestrian Nation. “This is an in-depth interview where you really get to know him personally. Our production crew traveled to his ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming. We then caught up with him at a clinic in Colorado to finish filming the series.”

Part One of Equestrian Nation’s Buck Brannaman series premiers Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. PDT, with Parts Two and Three airing at the same time April 9 and April 16. Viewers can also watch repeats of each episode following the premiere: Check the RFD-TV schedule for when Equestrian Nation is on in your time zone.

 

You can learn the best of Buck’s horse wisdom shared at seven different clinic locations in the acclaimed 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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