Introduction: How to Goat Tie

Hi, my name is Maggie Connor, today I am going to show you how to goat tie. I have competed in rodeo since I was 8 years old, and goat tying has been one event I have stuck with since I started. Not everyone can say they tie goats for fun, so I’m going to show you the steps on how to do something not many can do. I will be taking you through the steps of what it all takes to goat tie, especially how to properly get off your horse while running full speed. I was self-taught so I will show you a few tricks I learned along the way to make it easier.

Step 1: Dismounting Horse

First, start by swinging the right leg over the saddle as if you were going to get off the horse. Then bring the right leg straight behind the leg that is in the stirrup. Then once the tier is close enough to the goat put the right leg on the ground, take the other leg (left leg) out of the stirrup, and run to the goat.

Step 2: Approaching and Flanking the Goat

the tier will benefit the most if they straddle the rope of the goat, so he doesn't run away. Now, start by grabbing the front right leg and the flank (located in front of the back legs) to throw him on his side. Using knees to flank will make for an easier and quicker time. It will also set the tier up for a better run.

Step 3: Tying the Goat

First, the placement of the string is important, the string goes in the tiers mouth and then you will put the rest of the string through the back loop of jeans. Next, grab the top front leg, and the back two legs of the goat and bring them together to tie him.

Step 4: Tying the Goat-part 2

Then the tier will wrap the string around his legs twice. Reach back to grab the string, then flick your wrist to make the first loop around the legs, next wrap the string around one more time around the legs. After that, with the hand the tier is holding the legs, grab the string out of your mouth- the tier will put their hand in between the strings to grab the string from their mouth. Once the tier has grabbed the string they will pull the string tight and throw their hands in the air to signal they are complete with their tie.